Farms are major users of energy. Pumps, tractors, cool storage, harvesting, maintaining crops and livestock facilities all require major amounts of electricity, diesel and other fuels. While wages, exchange rates and commodity prices are set by external factors, direct actions by farmers can help reduce energy expenses as a proportion of the overall farm budget.
Opportunities exist for Australian farmers to better control their energy costs by:
- improving practices and systems
- changing or modifying equipment
- switching to alternative, less expensive energy sources
- purchasing energy more strategically.
NSW Farmers’ Association (NSW Farmers) has developed an extensive suite of information to help farmers identify energy savings, adopt renewables and increase energy productivity. This is available on the AgInnovators website.