Farm Energy Working Group
Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy practices to meet the needs of Iowa's small to mid-sized farm operations
One Stop Shop: Farm Energy Audits
Energy Self-Assessment Calculators
from U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
These 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 estimates 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.
An on-site energy audit may be beneficial to uncover other energy conservation measures not covered by these tools. Please contact your local NRCS office for additional assistance.
Farm Energy Audits
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - Audit required
Grants available to assist agricultural producers and small businesses by conducting energy audits and providing recommendations on renewable energy development and improving energy efficiency.
Producer pays for 25% of energy audit cost.