Why be energy efficient?

Energy is one of the fastest growing costs for cotton growers, with electricity and diesel accounting for up to 50% of grower’s total input costs. By becoming more energy efficient growers can improve their profitability.

Case studies

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has developed energy efficiency information for cotton growing businesses so that they can identify and implement energy efficient farming practices and reduce operating costs.

The following case studies show how cotton businesses are already lowering energy costs.

  • Goondiwindi – Pump evaluation – Provides information on testing individual pumping set-ups to identify the optimum operating point to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Baan Baa – Diesel to gas conversion – Demonstrates how a Baan Baa cotton farmer is reducing his energy costs by converting his diesel engines pumping irrigation water from diesel to a mix of diesel and gas.

Key resources

CRDC has also developed fact sheets and a booklet to help you identify the main areas of energy consumption on your cotton farm and help you identify energy saving opportunities to reduce your electricity bills.

  • Factsheets – Cover topics such as energy assessment and management, reducing farm energy costs, energy use in cotton, pumping efficiency, pumps in the Australian cotton industry, pump cavitation, monitoring tractor fuel use, tractor setup and energy use in cotton picking.
  • How to save energy and money, and reduce your carbon footprint booklet – Provides tailored energy efficiency information and tools to cotton irrigators and their advisors.

See the CRDC Cotton Info website for more information on energy management in the cotton industry.