Improving Energy Efficiencies On-farm
An energy assessment can reduce your businesses' energy use, save money, improve productivity and provide opportunities to innovate in your energy use.
Self Assessment Tool
A self-audit tool has been developed to assist you in undertaking a point-in-time energy use snapshot.
This self-audit tool highlights some of the most common energy saving opportunities identified for farms and provides guidelines and references for farmers who wish to conduct an energy self-audit of their farms. Annual self-audit energy assessments by farmers can aid in monitoring performance relative to energy benchmarks and identify energy saving targets.
The Action Plan, Checklists and References provided in the tool may be used in combination as part of a farm energy management plan to identify energy use, set benchmarks and targets, and implement energy and cost saving measures. The online calculator tool that complements this manual is also available to aid in conducting energy self-audits of farms.
Self Audit Tool Calculator 2020-21 (173Kb)
Getting help to do an energy audit
You may be able to conduct your energy assessment in your business. If you don't have the skills within the business to run your own assessment, many external experts or energy services companies will do all or part of it for you.
What will the energy auditor do?
To comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3598.1:2014, the energy auditor should carry out a number of tasks which include:
- conduct an on-site visit to your business's premises;
- analyse your electricity use and tariffs;
- identify energy saving opportunities; and
- calculate the financial payback for energy savings opportunities.