Energy Savers

Queensland Poultry Farms

Energy Savings
Solar Photovoltaic, Fan, Heating, Lighting
Capital Cost


This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on two Poultry farms taking part in the Energy Savers Program. 

The total energy consumption from the two farms was 599,314kWh at an annual cost of $ 125,283 resulting in emissions of 485 tonnes of CO2-e per annum.  

  • Heating Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC). Maintenance and upgrades of condenser motor, VSD, ventilation fan and heating.  
  • Lighting and General- Replacement and retrofitting of lights with LEDs, infrastructure upgrades to facilitate efficiency gains and general management changes. 
  • Solar Systems- Ranging in size from 5-100kW. 
  • Solar and BatteriesOne large scale system was recommended and shown in a separate case study HERE 

Table 1. Technology Recommendations and Savings in the Poultry Industry. 

Recommendation  Total  Energy Savings (kWh)  Cost Savings ($)  Capital Cost ($)  Average Payback (Years)  Emission Reduction (tCO2-e) 
HVAC  5 172,125  42,725  495,600  9 140
Lighting and General  1 6,717 2,015 24,569 12 5
 Solar Systems  1  45,990 8,483 45,900 5.4  37


7  224,832  53,223  566,069  8.8  182
Total Recommendations (all sectors)  665  7,459,015  2,817,342     12,784,670  6.85  6,042


Table 1 highlights the potential energy savings of 224,832kWh identified in the audits.  


Including production benefits, a saving of $53,233 and an estimated 182 tonnes of CO2-e could be realised per annum. At a capital cost of $566,069, the average payback was 8.8 years. 

Table 2. Pre and Post Audit Metrics.  

Metric  Pre-Audits  Post- Audits  Reduction (%) 
Energy Consumption (kWh)  599,314  374,482  37 
Energy Costs ($)  125,283  72,050  42 
Emissions (tCO2-e)  485 303 37 

As the installation of the 
recommendations is made within the industry, measurement and verification will be undertaken, and case studies will be updated to include the actual energy savings.

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Energy Efficiency for your Industry and Business 

An energy audit is a great way for a business to cut costs, reduce emissions and boost productivity.  

The audits show that there are significant opportunities in the poultry industry to improve energy efficiency by investigating the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. A south-east chicken farm saves $17,800 per year by implementing a solar system with a 5-year payback period, to see more details click HERE 

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The Energy Savers Plus Extension Program is delivered by the Queensland Farmers Federation with support and funding from the Queensland Department of Energy and Public Works.  



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