USDA Offers Dairy Farm Energy Self Assessments

December 8, 2009 06:00 PM
The Dairy Energy Self Assessment Tool is designed to first estimate your current energy costs for different equipment and operations and then estimate the potential energy and cost savings if high efficiency equipment was used. This will help you determine economical energy savings opportunities for your dairy farm.

This assessment tool will calculate the potential energy savings for scroll refrigeration compressors, refrigeration heat recovery, well-water cooled precoolers (heat exchangers), variable-speed milk pumps, and variable-speed vacuum pumps. Feeding and manure equipment are not included because, despite having larger motors, they typically only consume 7% of the total electrical energy used on a dairy and there are not any economically feasible alternatives at this time.
You will need approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete this tool, plus time needed to collect any unknown data.

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