Switch on to simple changes to slash €1,800 from your bills
Dairy farmers could save up to €1,800 per year on electricity costs by making simple changes to their farm equipment, according to a Teagasc energy use survey.
More than €500 of those savings could be made just by changing their electricity supplier – at absolutely no cost to the farmer – Moorepark researcher John Upton told the inaugural National Agricultural Energy Efficiency Conference on Thursday.
Dairy farms are among the highest farm users of electricity, which will increase in price by 30pc between 2012 and 2020.
Mr Upton is behind the Irish branch of a European-wide Dairyman study, which aims to create a more competitive dairy sector and improve ecological performance in dairy regions.
As part of the study, Mr Upton analysed the electricity consumption on 22 commercial dairy farms in Ireland, averaging 76ha in size and milking on average 118 cows.
He found that the average cost of electricity per litre of milk produced on the farms was 0.51c/l or €2,875 per year.
However, he also found massive variation between electricity on farms, with some at 0.26c/l while others paid up to 0.89c/l.