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Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency and resilience involves adapting to a changing, energy constrained world and planning for a future where energy supplies are running out and prices rising. This means coping on the farm with supply shocks, pressure to reduce consumption and increasing self-sufficiency by generating energy on-site.

Click on the links below to explore how to improve resilience and save energy on your farm.

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The energy security issues we face as farmers are a massive threat to our businesses and call for greater resilience for each farm in how we approach energy.
Find out more about where energy is typically consumed on-farm and where you may be able to save costs.
The largest source of energy usage on arable farms is crop storage and drying.
Research suggests energy use on dairy farms is associated with cooling milk, the milking process and lighting.
Forage production and waste management comprise the greatest sources of energy use in livestock farming.
Heating followed by ventilation, feed production and slurry storage and lighting comprise the largest sources of energy use.
Feeding machines, ventilation, and lighting comprise the largest elements of energy use in typical poultry production.
Hints and tips on saving energy in glasshouse production, focussing on heating and ventilation.