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How to Save on Energy Costs on Your Dairy Farm


With the cost of energy on Irish dairy farms on average €5 per 1,000 litres, ranging from €2.50-59, this week’s guest, John Upton, Teagasc Research Officer joins Emma-Louise Coffey to give tips to save money on farm energy bills.

John explains that the biggest consumers of energy include milk cooling (30%), water heating (23%) and machine/vacuum (20%) and gives tips on how to reduce consumption in each area by up to 60%.

John advises that farmers should check for the most competitive energy provider annually on energy comparison websites like Bonkers.ie, explaining that farmers can make a 20% saving in unit rates by switching providers which can save up to €800 per year.

For more information here is a Dairy Energy Decision Support Tool to use.

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