Energy Efficiency

Field crop irrigation system (Photo credit NRCS)
Agriculture operations and farmstead residences can use technologies and techniques that reduce energy use. Find information about energy efficiency technologies, ongoing research, policies and programs.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

This series of lessons is designed for farmers that would like to increase the energy efficiency of their farm and processes. It features tutorials on farm building efficiency, outdoor lighting, irrigation efficiency, solar, small-scale wind, and biodiesel. This tutorial includes the following lessons: Introduction to Energy EfficiencyFarm Building EfficiencyIrrigation EfficiencySolar ElectricitySmall Scale Wind, and Biodiesel.

See also: Solar-Powered Livestock Watering Systems.

eXtension. Cooperative Extension Service.

A collection of resources on farm energy efficiency and conservation topics, including farm buildings, greenhouses, livestock production and buildings, farm equipment, crop systems, irrigation, or the food system.  Resources include publications, factsheets, checklists, tip sheets, Web links, and FAQs.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC).

Links to publications and resources on farm energy use, farm alternative energy, fuel efficiency, motor efficiency, irrigation efficiency, farm building efficiency, and greenhouse efficiency.

PennState Extension.

"Are you looking for ways to cut your energy bill and stay competitive? If you're a dairy farmer, efficient energy use is critical to keeping your farm competitive in today's environment."

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Four online "Energy Estimator" tools are available "to increase energy awareness in agriculture."  The tools "help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce energy costs" related to animal housing operations, irrigation systems, nitrogen use, and tillage systems.

DOE. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Covers topics including energy efficiency research and technologies, building guidelines, regulations, codes and standards, current news and events for homes, businesses and institutions.

DOE. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Information for businesses, homes, institutions, governments, Native American tribes and the transportation sector to help assess energy performance and improve weather resistance in buildings and homes.

University of Connecticut.

This checklist identifies greenhouse design characteristics, "improved heating and ventilating equipment and new management systems" that can be used for conservation and efficient use of facilities to reduce costs in a greenhouse operation.

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service.

This Website on agricultural energy efficiency covers "energy conservation for dairy farms, grain drying, irrigation, crop storage (potatoes in particular), aquaculture, greenhouses, maple syrup production, lighting and the Wisconsin Agricultural Re-wiring program."