Energy is a significant input cost for piggery operations and is proportionally much higher for piggeries than for many other farm types.
Piggeries mainly use electricity, but total consumption varies significantly among piggeries. This means many operators can find energy savings, which is good news for farm profitability and the environment.
Could you make better use of off-peak tariffs? Do you use power factor correction? Could you improve the design or insulation of your sheds? Are you using energy efficient equipment?
Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources:
Learn from others — case studies
See how a Victorian piggery used effluent to create electricity and reduce heating costs, in this case study from Energy Victoria.
Find out how some southern Queensland piggeries were able to save up to 66 per cent on lighting and 27 per cent from solar, in this case study from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, Ergon Energy and the Queensland Government.
See how heat mats are cutting heating costs on piggeries, in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, Ergon Energy and the Queensland Government.
Understand more about total energy usage in piggeries, with this fact sheet from Australian Pork.
Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools
Explore ways to reduce energy costs in piggeries with this Australian Porkguide.
Find out the energy hot spots on piggeries and ways to reduce usage, in this report by Australian Pork and the Department of Agriculture.
Know your options — more help and ideas
Victorian Energy Saver provides tools and information to help Victorian Businesses save energy and money.
- access and understanding energy data
- learn about energy retail offers and contracts
- get government assistance through business grants, training and support
- access discount energy saving products from the Victorian Energy Upgrades program e.g. upgrades to lighting, refrigeration fans, hot water and custom upgrades
- explore renewable energy options with Saving with Solar.