Reducing Energy Costs
Tasmanian energy efficiency and renewables
Save money – have an on-farm energy assessment
Undertaking an energy assessment can save an average of $1,080 per farm in energy efficiency savings alone. For most farms, significantly larger savings are possible by improving electricity billing arrangements, e.g. removing unnecessary extra meters with annual charges and changing to time–of–use contracts.
Receive the best tariffs
Getting power bills right is the best way to save money on energy costs. Learn about the right to choose an electricity provider. This statement by the Tasmanian government outlines customer rights and obligations in Tasmania. Schedule an energy plan check every 12 months to make sure the best tariffs are received.
How efficient is the dairy?
Hot water, milk cooling and milk harvesting are the biggest on-farm energy consumers. Annual power bills range from $4,000 at the low end to $72,000 at the high end.
Benchmarking of 200 dairy shed energy audits was conducted from December 2012 to February 2015 as part of Smarter Energy Use in Australian Dairies.
Farmer case studies – Tasmanian dairy farmers and energy efficiency
Industry case study – The Van Diemens Land Company, Tasmania
Saving money through improved cooling systems, vacuum pumps and energy recovery systems.
Industry Project for Smarter Energy Use: The Van Diemens Land Company, Tasmania(04 December 2020)PDF, 363.33 KB
Post-installation Solar Energy Case Studies(20 October 2020)PDF, 662.46 KB
Investing in the Most Energy Efficient Irrigation Systems for the Farm factsheet 2011(04 December 2020)PDF, 1.02 MB
Energy Tariffs and Irrigation Energy Efficiency Case Study(04 December 2020)PDF, 692.98 KB
Achieving Successful Pasture Establishment(04 December 2020)PDF, 196.59 KB
On-farm Water Reticulation Guide(04 December 2020)PDF, 4.89 MB
Energy Use in Tasmanian Dairy Sheds(04 December 2020)PDF, 660.96 KB