Reducing Energy Costs - DairyTas

Tasmanian energy efficiency and renewables

Save money – have an on-farm energy assessment

Undertaking an energy assessment can save an average of $1,080 per farm in energy efficiency savings alone. For most farms, significantly larger savings are possible by improving electricity billing arrangements, e.g. removing unnecessary extra meters with annual charges and changing to time–of–use contracts.

Receive the best tariffs

Getting power bills right is the best way to save money on energy costs. Learn about the right to choose an electricity provider. This statement by the Tasmanian government outlines customer rights and obligations in Tasmania. Schedule an energy plan check every 12 months to make sure the best tariffs are received.

How efficient is the dairy?

Hot water, milk cooling and milk harvesting are the biggest on-farm energy consumers. Annual power bills range from $4,000 at the low end to $72,000 at the high end.

Benchmarking of 200 dairy shed energy audits was conducted from December 2012 to February 2015 as part of Smarter Energy Use in Australian Dairies.

Fact Sheet

Energy Use in Tasmanian Dairy Sheds Factsheet

This info sheet benchmarks data from 200 energy efficiency assessments conducted in Tasmanian dairy sheds from 2012–2015.

Farmer case studies – Tasmanian dairy farmers and energy efficiency

  • Energy efficient irrigation system for the dairy farm
    Simon Bennett and family, Forest Farm, Elizabeth Town, Tasmania
    Simon gives his tips for irrigation improvements after upgrading the family's farm of 560ha to six fixed centre pivot irrigators covering 270.18ha
  • Telita irrigation and energy summary
    Alan and Rosie Davenport

Industry case study – The Van Diemens Land Company, Tasmania

  • Saving money through improved cooling systems, vacuum pumps and energy recovery systems
    The Van Diemens Land Company 


  • Investing in the most energy efficient irrigation systems for the farm factsheet 2011

    (01 August 2020)
    PDF, 1.02 MB
  • Energy tariffs irrigation energy efficiency case study

    (01 August 2020)
    PDF, 692.98 KB
  • Profitable dairying achieving successful pasture establishment factsheet

    (01 August 2020)
    PDF, 196.59 KB
  • On farm water reticulation guide 2005

    (01 August 2020)
    PDF, 4.89 MB

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