Farmers Weekly 12 December 2014 issue

On average, farm energy bills have doubled over the past 10 years.

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Lighting only accounts for 6% of energy use on a typical farm. By far the most energy used in agriculture is in heating, refrigeration and ventilation.

Pie chart showing where energy is used in agriculture

The pie chart shows an average example of energy use in agriculture and horticulture. Of course, there’s really no such thing as an average agriculture and horticulture business, and these figures will vary depending on the specific business.

For instance, cereal producers will use lots of energy for drying, while intensive livestock farmers are likely to use most of their energy for heating and ventilation.

Over the past 10 years, large pig, poultry and horticulture producers have cut energy usage by 20-30% under the Climate Change Agreement

Statistics start in 1999 and show cuts in relative energy use (kwh/ unit output) of 49% in the eggs sector, 35% in the pigs sector, 42% in poultry meat and 29% in horticulture (since 2004 for the latter). See the full Climate Change Agreements: Results of the Fifth Target Period.

Savings of 20-30% through better energy management

Savings percentages quoted are indicative savings that could be made assuming a business adopts every recommended energy saving measure and achieves maximum savings from each measure, having started with no measures implemented. Savings have been calculated by aggregating Gateway Energy Solutions’ estimates of the maximum possible saving from each measure.