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Five short videos to help cut your on-farm electricity costs

Smarter Energy: Victorian Dairy Farmers view simple ways to save energy

Dairy farmers are constantly under pressure from the rising cost of electricity and increased focus on carbon emissions, with electricity accounting for a significant proportion of a dairy farm’s shed costs.

This short series of videos helps identify real opportunities for Victorian dairy farmers to better control energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. WestVic Dairy, with the support of Sustainability Victoria and Dairy Australia, presents energy saving tips and technologies for reducing your farm’s energy use in the dairy. Each videos focuses on improvements that are:

• Relatively low cost,
• Have short payback periods, and
• Implemented quickly in most dairies.

Download the accompanying resource booklet for this series.

Video #1 - Simple Ways to Save Energy

Stuck for ideas about reducing your electricity usage on-farm? Did you know LED lights are 4-5 times more efficient than high bay lighting? Producing less heat and they’re recyclable. Here are some low cost and no cost ways to save electricity. Video also covers making sure your electricity provider is working for you and new ideas for load shifting.

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Video #2 - Water Heating

For hygiene and washing it’s essential to have dairy farm waterfarm water heated to 85 degrees or above.. How can you do this cost effectively? Learn how in this short video, where energy assessor Anne McDowell discusses cost savings with preheating systems, heat pump solutions and solar hot water.


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Video #3 - Milk Cooling

Is your cooling equipment running as it should? Did you know it’s much cheaper to cool milk through a plate cooler than a large compressor? This video covers all tips and resources to get your cooling equipment performing efficiently and discusses the pros and cons of cooling towers and electronic control valves.

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Video #4 – Milk Harvesting

Did you know that adding a variable speed drive to your milk and vacuum pumps could reduce your milk harvesting costs by 40% or more? Watch this video to find out if a variable speed pump will work with your existing milk pump and the advantages.

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Video #5 – Series Summary: Energy use on Australian Dairy Farms

Is your farm team on-board with your energy saving plans?

This video provides a summary of the whole series, that makes it a fast and effective tool for helping your farm team understand energy consumption both inside and outside the dairy. The video covers often ignored energy hot spots like stockwater, shed and lights, feeding, milk cooling and milk harvesting. Applying these changes can save thousands of dollars off your total energy bill.
Energy efficiency is not all about saving electricity.

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For more information about energy usage on dairy farmers, download Dairy Australia’s resource booklet, Saving energy on dairy farms.

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