Conserving energy is important to everyone, from Michigan's farmers to home owners. By utilizing the many available energy conservation measures, you can help reduce your costs, conserve natural resources, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels. It is a Win - Win, for people and the planet!
Farm Energy Self Assessment Tools
The United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has several online tools available to help farmers make energy-efficient conservation practice decisions.
The Energy Self Assessment Tools listed below have been created to help identify ways to reduce energy costs. The tools will help you to determine if energy conservation equipment is being used and estimates the current energy usage. The tools will also calculate estimated savings with the use of high efficiency equipment and energy conservation practices to help you determine which practices and equipment purchases may be worth pursuing to reduce your energy consumption. Learn More
The following tools, also available through NRCS enable you to estimate potential energy savings:
Animal Housing Energy Estimator Tool is designed to enable you to estimate potential energy savings associated with swine, poultry or dairy cow housing operations.
Irrigation Energy Estimator Tool is designed to estimate energy cost of pumping water in irrigation operations on your farm.
Nitrogen Energy Estimator Tool enables you to calculate the potential cost savings of nitrogen product used on your farm.
Tillage Energy Estimator Tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs and compares potential energy savings between conventional and alternative tillage systems.
Grain Drying Energy Estimator Tool was developed by Purdue University, Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department through a Conservation Innovation Grant provided by NRCS. Entitled "Exploring Buifuel Alternatives for Energy-Intensive Seasonal Drying Processes", Agreement #: 68-3A75-6-156, this tool informs you of the energy cost centers and helps estimate the energy costs for two grain drying processes, namely in-bin and high-capacity dryers.