Energy costs are significant for every grain milling business, whether it’s a small on-farm operation or a large factory. Finding ways to reduce energy consumption is good for business and the environment.
In grain milling, most energy is used to drive motors, pumps, fans and compressors, and for steam and hot water production, drying, lighting, and air conditioning.
You’ll find energy savings from upgrading equipment and lighting, improving maintenance, and changing operating schedules or procedures.
Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources.
Learn from others — case studies
See how a large US corn wet mill processing plant reduced energy costs by nearly 10 per cent, which represented millions in savings, in this case study by MPC Energy.
Learn about efficient energy use in pig feed production, in this case study by Quality Meat Scotland.
Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools
Get tips on how to improve energy and materials efficiency in food processing with this guide from Sustainability Victoria.
Explore the Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit from Food South Australia.
See what the US breakfast cereal production industry is doing about energy efficiency, in this guide from Energy Star and Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Read about energy management in flour plants in Turkey, in this Miller Magazine article.
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.