A Farmer’s Guide to Energy Self-Reliance
helping farmers increase energy self-reliance and profitability

Energy Solutions for Small Farms

The following guide is a tool to help farmers increase energy self-reliance and profitability. Reducing operating costs and finding new sources of revenue can give farms the edge they need to compete in the marketplace. In addition, farmers have a long tradition of being stewards of the land. Investing in renewable energy and reducing energy use are important steps to protecting the land, air, and water. This guide offers suggestions that fit into three interrelated categories: improving energy efficiency, using biomass, and utilizing other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The suggestions outlined in this guide do not cover every aspect of energy use, but are a starting point. Energy management is not easy. However, there are many benefits to it. This guide is intended to serve as a resource to help farmers increase profits while decreasing some of the harmful environmental effects of farming.
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