Booklet offers farmers tips to save energy

March 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Port Colborne Leader

By using some mental energy, farmers can learn how to save on energy costs.

A new booklet released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, provides tips on how farmers can reduce energy costs by increasing efficiency. With hydro and fuel costs expected to continue upward trends in cost, experts say farmers need to do whatever they can to save.

“Energy represents a significant input cost for farmers, and our new BMP resource covers simple on-farm measures that can reduce energy use and cost,” said Steve Clarke, energy and crop engineering specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, and contributing author to On-Farm Energy: A Primer.

“Farmers can also reduce overall energy costs by generating energy on the farm using many innovative new options. On-Farm Energy: A Primer gathers all these ideas and tips into a compact booklet with information on additional resources.”

The 24-page publication covers a host of topics, including: farm energy audits, tips for improving energy efficiency in the home and on the farm across all sectors, and an overview of on-farm energy production systems including biomass, solar, wind and geothermal.

More than 30 similar books have been released, with most recent topics including controlling soil erosion on the farm, and cropland drainage.

Farmers can order the books online at www.publications.serviceontario.ca, or by calling the Service Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-668-9938. They’re also available at Service Ontario Centres throughout the province.

Booklets are available at no cost, but shipping and handling costs may apply.

 

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