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Agriculture

Saving Energy to Grow Your Profits
 

Grow your bottom line and stay competitive.

Energy-saving improvements can reduce energy costs and improve efficiency. We can help with expert advice, resources and programs tailored to your needs.

Overview

Iconic to our beautiful New England landscape, farms have the same needs as many businesses, including the need to efficiently run their operations. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy estimates potential energy savings in the agricultural sector at $1 billion per year. With the largest savings in the motor system (especially irrigation pumping), onsite transportation, and lighting energy end-uses. These three can potentially reduce energy costs by 10 percent. Renewable energy systems can also help lower your energy bills, letting you plow savings back into your farm.

Dairy Operations

Dairies rely on electrical energy for milking (vacuum pumps), cooling and storing milk, heating water and lighting. Opportunities to save energy include energy-efficient lighting, ventilation, milk cooling, water heating and vacuum pump motors (e.g., variable speed drives).

Greenhouse Agriculture

Energy usage in greenhouses is typically 75 percent for heating, 15 percent for electricity and 10 percent for vehicles. Energy-saving solutions range from simple operational changes to efficient heating, cooling and watering systems:

  • Door closers, weather stripping (doors, vents, fan openings) and lubricating louvers can reduce air leaks. A partially open louver may allow several air changes per hour.
  • Double covering on sidewalls and end walls can save energy.
  • Poly with an infrared inhibitor on the inner layer can reduce energy costs by 15 percent.
  • Thermal Blankets can achieve 20-50 percent energy savings.
  • Foundation and sidewall insulation can save energy.

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture

How We Help

Your Connecticut farm or greenhouse can take advantage of a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Connecticut Green Bank. Many greenhouses are good candidates for the Natural Gas Infrared Heater Rebate. In addition to cash incentives and financing options, you can benefit from the full-service energy efficiency program, Small Business Energy Advantage.

To find smart energy options that are right for you, please visit our Find a Solution page, or see a list of popular choices below.

POPULAR CHOICES:


Commercial Multi-Service Solutions


Rebates and Instant Discounts



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