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Aiming to find savings

By Country News

Strathmerton’s Bromac Farming was recently awarded a $9000 grant by the Victorian Government to help reduce its energy usage.

The business is now working with an experienced energy consultant to further identify potential energy efficiency improvements and review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.

Bromac owner Greg Brooks said he planned to put meters on pumps and other equipment and find out where the most power was being used.

‘‘We want to know if we would be better off with solar or another method on some parts of the farm,’’ he said.

‘‘The power usage is pretty high on a farm milking 300 cows. We have pumps for irrigation and all the costs associated with powering the dairy.

‘‘We hope our milk cooling costs would be reduced by using renewable energy. Hopefully it will also reduce the cost of running our electric ground water and recycle pumps.

‘‘Having the flexibility to use pumps whenever we need them instead of off-peak would be a massive benefit.’’

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said he hoped the funding would make a real difference by helping businesses save on energy bills and reduce waste.

‘‘Energy assessments are a great opportunity for a business to improve their productivity while also reducing operating costs,’’ he said.

■For more information about the grants, phone Sustainability Victoria on 1300 363 744 or email: grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au

—Cobram Courier