For those that didn’t catch the November issue of Dairy Today, Jim Dickrell’s article “Kill the Kilowatts” is worth the read. Dickrell delved into the topic of energy audits: what they are, how to fund them, and how actual producers are benefiting after having had them.
eight energy-saving practices, courtesy of Efficiency Maine:
- Install variable speed drives on your milking machines.
- Use water-cooled plate coolers to cool milk as it moves from the milking system to the bulk tank.
- Consider newer scroll compressor systems for your milk cooling system.
- Install a heat recovery system to pre-heat water using heat from your compressor.
- Use high-volume, low-speed fans.
- Select energy-efficient lights such as T8 fluorescent lamps or pulse start metal halide lights.
- If you are considering long day lighting practices, using energy-efficient equipment is even more essential.
- Put an economical equipment replacement plan in place.