Equipment and Facilities

Inefficient energy use occurs whenever facilities, equipment, or machinery operate more hours than
needed to meet production goals. It may also occur when facilities, equipment, or machinery become
worn out, outdated, or are poorly controlled or maintained. Inefficient use of energy increases costs and dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

As an example, this concern addresses inefficient energy use in pumping plants, on-farm processing, drying, and storage, and/or a home unprotected from winter winds.

Farming/Ranching Practices and Field Operations

Inefficient energy use occurs whenever equipment or machinery operates more hours than needed to meet production goals. It may also occur when equipment or machinery becomes worn out, outdated, or poorly controlled. This increases the dependency of non-renewable energy sources.

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service