Energy-saving tips

Provided by DFA Energy

As any producer knows, energy costs are a significant expense to running a dairy. There are several things you can do to save energy and cut costs, including:

  • Switch to compact florescent lamps. They provide as much light as incandescent bulbs while using less electricity
  • Use a pre-cooler to save on cooling costs and improve milk quality
  • Use a variable speed drive and plate cooler in conjunction with milking equipment
  • Replace outdated reciprocating compressors with scroll compressors
  • Add a compressor heat recovery unit to improve your milking refrigeration system 


Many of the energy efficiency recommendations mentioned above can be realized through an  energy audit offered through DFA Energy In most cases, members who have participated in DFA Energy’s energy audits save on average 10-35 percent on their energy bills

For more information about on-farm energy efficiency and renewable energy production, or to schedule an energy audit, contact George Harper at 816-801-6146, email or visit