A new publication from Iowa State University Extension can help farmers track their energy use and compare their usage and costs for various energy sources. “Tracking the Energy Use on Your Farm” (PM 2089C) is available to download at the Extension Online Store, www.extension.iastate.edu/store/.

The publication includes an energy log that can be downloaded for use with Microsoft Excel or printed and completed by hand. Farmers can use the log to track all their on-the-farm energy use, whether electricity, diesel fuel, gasoline, propane or natural gas. The Excel spreadsheet will automatically calculate a farmer’s per-unit cost whether kilowatt hour, gallon or cubic foot. The spreadsheet also will calculate the total energy cost month to month and throughout the year.

This publication is part of a series of farm energy conservation and efficiency educational materials being developed through the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative.The purpose is to increase farmers’ awareness of opportunities for improving efficient use of farm energy. The initiative also will help farmers explore alternatives to reduce farm energy demand and to improve their farms’ overall profitability in a rapidly changing energy environment.

For more information, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/store. See especially the topic environment – energy.

Contacts : Jane Flammang, Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative, jflamm@iastate.edu
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu

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