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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 News Advice proves handy power tool At a series of four workshops around the state, Tasmanian dairy farmers have been given some valuable tips on how to save money on their power bills, writes Karolin MacGregor PLUGGED IN: Participants at a power saving dairy field day on the Derby property of Alan Davenport, left. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE Dairying For Tomor- row workshops provided farmers with the latest information about saving money on power, includ- ing changes to power con- tracts that many dairy businesses will be eligible for from July. About 50 farmers gath- ered at the Davenport fam- ily's Derby property for one of the workshops. They were told that from July 1 next year, many dairy businesses will be classed as ''contestable'', which means they will be able to negotiate with power retailers on their power supply contracts. This could mean signifi- cant savings for farmers. Marc White, from Goan- na Energy, gave partici- pants a rundown on how the new system will work and some of the advantages for high power-usage cus- tomers such as farmers. Workshop co-ordinator Rachel Brown said it was important farmers under- stood how the new system worked to ensure they took full advantage of chances to save on power costs. James Curran, from Agricultural Resource Management, said irri- gation was a major con- tributor to power costs. On average irrigation power costs make up 70-80 per cent of a farm's total usage. ''Getting irrigation right is critical,'' Mr Curran said. ''The devil is in the detail and if you don't get the detail right it can cost you money.'' He said there were three main ways to save money when it came to irrigation: reducing the price farmers pay for power; using more efficient equipment; or re- ducing actual power usage. Mr Curran suggested simple things such as mak- ing sure automatic pump start-up systems were set to the correct times for off- peak tariffs. He said no pump was 100 per cent efficient, but minimising efficiency losses on the whole irrigation system could save a lot of money. Mr Curran said during the setting up of irrigation systems, there were usually no extra costs for installing more efficient equipment. However, he said once it was up and running, reg- ular maintenance through the whole system would also prevent efficiency los- ses and save money. Mr Curran said monitor- ing soil moisture levels dur- ing the irrigation season to prevent over-watering was also important. 2020478-101217 Used Stock Clearance B een e & e' h n e n e ee h e e - e e e e Gr n r h p prot ct n trog n rom o t t on o , o 'r ng om xtr o r prot ct on or o nc cr m*! F n n y u n P v F s s s s n g -- h n s u su -s . ntr D y hns n 0419 559 925 orth-W t M n 0407 885 558 orth-E t L s R n 0418 571 384 ntr - orth n T ns n 0418 137 290 nc t c P ot F rt r b n o nc t c P ot m t AB 42 004 080 264. Gr n r tr m r o nc t c P ot m t . * m t on p c p r p r on h toc t.
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