The largest expense for a Dairy Farm is the cost of heated water for cleaning. Did you know that heating water accounts for as much as 23% of the total energy costs? Each milking point itself requires almost 18 litres of hot water for circulation cleaning. Your choice of heating system has a big impact on the level of monthly expenditure that goes towards energy use. The best solution to minimise these energy costs is by installing an efficient system for heating. Here is a look at the different systems for dairy water heating:
Although electricity is the most expensive source of energy it is still one of the most common methods used for powering a water heating system on dairy farms. Since every setup has an electricity supply, it is often the simplest solution. A solar power system could be the answer here, but the initial outlay can be expensive and its efficiency also depends on the amount of sunlight received.
Solar Water Heating Systems
Solar water heating systems can also be utilised by dairy farms to cut down on monthly energy bills. Not only does the monthly expenditure decrease but the installation of a solar water heating system means you may also be eligible for certain government grants and tax breaks. If you qualify, this can help to offset your initial investment.
Gas boilers are another option but the installation of these largely depends on farm water pressure and overall requirement. Although gas systems provide quick access to hot water, they may not be a possibility in areas where gas supply is limited. Also, the gas prices are often driven by global market forces which can have an impact on the monthly costs.
Oil-fired heating systems can also meet your hot water needs. However, oil-fired systems typically have higher maintenance requirements and the initial cost can be pricey. The need for a separate boiler and fuel storage tank will take up additional space compared to other water heating systems. Just like gas, oil prices can also fluctuate depending on external factors.
Heat Recovery Unit
Heat recovery systems absorb heat from the cooling milk in the bulk tank which releases heat. This is then used to preheat water before it enters a water heater. Our advanced heat exchanger system by Eco House Solutions is a must for today’s modern dairy farm. By utilising the smart controller, along with the self-regulation controls, it not only supplies all the hot water you require, but also reduces energy costs by up to 80%. The Eco House system helps reduce milk cooling costs and reduces water heating expenses.
Get in touch with us to learn more about the different options for dairy farm water heating requirements
and to discuss how our heat exchanger systems can be beneficial to you.
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