Saving energy on your farm
For all agricultural production and food processing systems, minimizing energy consumption and seeking out efficiency opportunities, particularly for fossil fuels, reduces carbon footprints.
For energy intentive production systems, improved energy efficiency has the potential to result in substantial cost savings. Each operation will have different opportunities for energy efficiency.
In this section
BC Hydro Product Incentive Program
from BC Hydro
See this link for information about incentives and rebates available from BC Hydro for various energy efficiency technologies.
BC Hydro Industrial Power Smart Programs
from BC Hydro
Information on BC Hydro's energy efficiency programming for large and medium sized industrial customers including site assessments, feasibility studies and incentives.
FortisBC – Saving energy for businesses
Information on saving energy including tools, tips and success stories as well as Fortis BC's Energy Assessment Program (available to customers using over 2,000 GJ of natural gas per year).
Although its information is primarily relevant to producers in the United States this website provides interesting resources including "success stories" highlighting innovative on-farm clean energy initiatives as well as links to other US sources that provide information on specific technologies (including solar, geothermal and wind power, biogas digesters, biofuels, biodiesel and energy efficiency).
Farm Energy Calculators
from National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
The National (US) Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) website offers farm energy calculators and planning tools to help producers save electrical energy, fuel or fossil-fuel-based fertilizers. A number of the calculators apply only to the US - but the Oregon, Matindale and Wisconsin PSC resources are accessible for BC. There are also links to ATTRA publications and assessment tools.