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Farm Energy: Conserving Energy By Using Localized Heating In Swine Housing, Jay D. Harmon, Hongwei Xin, Dana Petersen Jun 2012

Farm Energy: Conserving Energy By Using Localized Heating In Swine Housing, Jay D. Harmon, Hongwei Xin, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Using heat lamps, heat mats, and brooders for localized heating can improve energy efficiency in swine housing. Learn about small adjustments and management considerations for implementing localized heating.


Farm Energy: Managing Swine Ventilation Controller Settings To Save Energy, Jay D. Harmon, Michael C. Brumm, Dana Petersen Mar 2012

Farm Energy: Managing Swine Ventilation Controller Settings To Save Energy, Jay D. Harmon, Michael C. Brumm, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Ventilation is by far the largest source of heating energy loss in swine facilities. To maintain air quality, it is essential to provide proper minimum ventilation without losing excessive energy from the building. Learn how modern controllers interlock equipment operation to avoid conflicts that waste energy.


Farm Energy: Estimating Payback For Energy Efficiency, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Nov 2011

Farm Energy: Estimating Payback For Energy Efficiency, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

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Just because a new piece of farm equipment is more energy efficient doesn't mean that replacing older equipment is a wise investment. Learn how to calculate simple payback for energy savings. Find out how quickly the returns from reduced energy costs will help the investment reach its break-even point.


Farm Energy: Indoor Lighting For Livestock, Poultry, And Farm Shop Facilities, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Oct 2011

Farm Energy: Indoor Lighting For Livestock, Poultry, And Farm Shop Facilities, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

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Indoor lighting for farm facilities needs to be safe, efficient, and economical. Get an overview of lighting types suited for livestock, poultry, and farm shop facilities.


Farm Energy: Conserve Heat Energy In The Farm Shop, L. Gregory Brenneman, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Aug 2011

Farm Energy: Conserve Heat Energy In The Farm Shop, L. Gregory Brenneman, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Proper insulation and a well-designed heating system are important for an energy efficient and comfortable farm shop.


Farm Energy: Energy Fundamentals For Farm Lighting, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Jun 2011

Farm Energy: Energy Fundamentals For Farm Lighting, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find basic information about several farm lighting options for security, worker safety, livestock production, and work after dark. Also gives a brief overview of energy efficiency for lighting options.


Farm Energy: Sizing Minimum Ventilation To Save Heating Energy In Swine Housing, Jay D. Harmon, H. Mark Hanna, Dana Petersen Nov 2010

Farm Energy: Sizing Minimum Ventilation To Save Heating Energy In Swine Housing, Jay D. Harmon, H. Mark Hanna, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Wasted heating energy due to over-ventilation is a costly problem for hog producers. Proper sizing of ventilation and use of variable speed fans can improve energy efficiency.


Farm Energy: Energy Efficient Fans For Poultry Production, Jay D. Harmon, H. Mark Hanna, Dana Petersen Aug 2010

Farm Energy: Energy Efficient Fans For Poultry Production, Jay D. Harmon, H. Mark Hanna, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Ventilation fans are the driving force behind the exchange of air that is necessary to create a healthy environment for animals and farm employees.


Farm Energy: Ballasting Tractors For Fuel Efficiency, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Jul 2010

Farm Energy: Ballasting Tractors For Fuel Efficiency, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Proper ballasting your tractor balance is important, but can be kind of tricky. This brochure offers tips and tricks for success.


Farm Energy: Energy Efficient Fans For Swine Production, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen Mar 2010

Farm Energy: Energy Efficient Fans For Swine Production, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Dana Petersen

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Ventilation fans are the driving force behind the exchange of air that is necessary to create a healthy environment for animals and farm employees.


Farm Energy: Limiting Field Operations, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Jan 2010

Farm Energy: Limiting Field Operations, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Certain field operations are required in modern crop production. But 100 percent fuel savings results when equipment stays parked in the machine shed and a trip across the field is eliminated. Find out how you can start to make a transition to very reduced or no tillage.


Farm Energy: Tracking The Energy Use On Your Farm, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Dec 2009

Farm Energy: Tracking The Energy Use On Your Farm, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find out how to track your energy use on the farm with a simple energy log by using the provided Excel file linked within the PDF.


Farm Energy: Electric Savings: Understanding Demand And 3-Phase Motor Use, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Dec 2009

Farm Energy: Electric Savings: Understanding Demand And 3-Phase Motor Use, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Sometimes simple changes can reduce energy use on the farm. Explore details on demand charges and 3-phase motors.


Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used On Your Farm?, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Nov 2009

Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used On Your Farm?, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Discover how Iowa farm energy use compares to other states and how individuals can save energy on the farm. First in a series of publications in the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative.