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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed four energy tools designed to increase energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce their energy costs. The results generated by these tools are estimates based on NRCS models and are illustrative of the magnitude of savings. Please contact your local NRCS office for additional assistance.

 
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Energy Estimator: Animal Housing

Energy Estimator: Animal Housing 
The Energy Estimator for Animal Housing tool is designed to enable you to estimate potential energy savings associated with swine, poultry or dairy cows housing operations on your farm or ranch. This tool evaluates major energy costs in lighting, ventilation and heating costs for swine and poultry. It evaluates major energy costs with lighting air circulation, milk cooling, water heating and milk harvesting costs for typical dairy. This tool does not provide site specific recommendations.

Energy Estimator: Irrigation

Energy Estimator: Irrigation 
The Energy Estimator for Irrigation tool enables you to estimate potential energy savings associated with pumping water for irrigation. NRCS technical specialists developed this model to integrate general technical information farm-specific crops, energy prices, and pumping requirement. This tool does not provide field-specific recommendations.

Energy Estimator: Nitrogen

Energy Estimator: Nitrogen 
The Energy Estimator for Nitrogen tool enables you to calculate the potential cost-savings related to nitrogen use on your farm or ranch. NRCS agronomists developed this model to integrate general technical information on nitrogen use with farm-specific information on fertilizer types, costs, timing, and placement. This tool does not provide field-specific recommendations.

Energy Estimator: Tillage

Energy Estimator: Tillage 
The Energy Estimator for Tillage tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs in the production of key crops in your area and compares potential energy savings between conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. The crops covered are limited to the most predominant crops in 74 Crop Management Zones (CMZ's). NRCS agronomists have identified these crops and estimated the fuel use associated with common tillage systems. The Energy Estimator gives you an idea of the magnitude of diesel fuel savings under different levels of tillage.

Other Energy Tools

Energy Estimator: Grain Drying
This Purdue University energy estimator is designed to inform you of the energy cost centers and help you estimate the energy costs for two grain drying processes, namely In-bin and high-capacity dryers commonly used in the Midwestern United States for grain drying. This tool does not provide operation-specific recommendations; it provides an idea of the type of energy cost savings that a producer might expect from selecting specific in-bin or high-temperature drying systems. Results should not be construed as actual savings, but only as estimates. The tool evaluates options based on user input. It is hosted by a server at Purdue University.

Energy Self Assessment Tools 
These include both energy conservation and renewable energy tools. The energy conservation tools were designed to help farmers and ranchers identify ways to reduce their energy costs. The modules determine if energy conservation equipment is being used and then estimate the current energy usage. The tools will calculate the estimated energy and cost savings for the use of high efficiency equipment and energy conserving practices. The results generated by these tools are estimates based on models and help to determine which equipment or practices are worth pursuing to reduce energy consumption.

The renewable energy tools will help estimate the energy production from solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water panels, wind turbines, biogas from anaerobic digesters and biomass such as wood, wood pellets, corn and prairie grass pellets. Before investing in renewable energy production, it is usually more cost effective to invest in energy conserving equipment and processes to reduce your energy demands as much as possible. This has the added benefit of reducing the size and investment cost of renewable energy technologies.

Both of these sets of tools were funded by NRCS through the CIG program.

 
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Energy Tools
    All NRCS Energy Tools   
   Energy Estimators   
    Animal Housing   
    Irrigation   
    Nitrogen   
    Tillage   
   Other Energy Tools   
    Grain Drying   
    Energy Self Assessment Tools   
   (see details below)   
 
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