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Energy Audits in SME´s: A success case of 500 standardized energy audits in small & medium sized dairy farms

Teacher Hans De Keulenaer, Ernesto Elenter

Description

A standardized methodology for conducting 500 low cost energy audits in small dairies has been developed.

The average savings per farm, found in the program, amounts to 705 kWh/month, (20% of the consumed energy), meaning a cost reduction of USD 274/month, (38% of the electricity bills).

Around 50% of the audited farms, have already implemented at least 1 energy conservation measure suggested, and the program is still monitoring new implementations.

We conclude that It is possible to improve the energy performance of dairy farms, by incorporating various cost-effective measures.

This approach is suitable for all kind of SME´s, and this experience could be useful to design and develop energy efficiency programs in SME´s.

Duration (hours)

1