However, advice and working with them is just as important whether it be about tariffs, account consolidation, drought support or irrigation efficiency.

And by working with them we are seeing first-hand how engagement and advice is making a difference to their businesses through our Energy Savers program.

One example is Aspley Nursery which has slashed its power bill by almost 30 per cent after implementing the findings of an Energy Savers program audit.

The program is a partnership initiative between Ergon Energy, Queensland Farmers Federation and its member bodies and is funded by the Department of Energy and Water Supply.

Aspley nursery operates two farms at Caboolture growing plants for the landscaping industry and has achieved savings of between $10,000 and $12,000 a year since implementing three audit recommendations.

The nursery has replaced fluorescent tube lighting with LED lamps, installed a 5.5 kilowatt main irrigation pump to replace a 7.5 kilowatt pump with built-in variable speed drive and replaced its 18 kilowatt hot water system with an evacuated tube solar hot water system.Image of nursery owner inspecting plants

The nursery also intends to install a solar PV system in future as recommended, given the success of the existing initiatives and its three-year payback time.

Since its inception, the Energy Savers program to provide specific industries with real life examples. “It’s very pleasing that Aspley Nursery has had some good wins, and that other nurseries and flower producers can replicate outcomes and achieve similar results with energy savings and efficiency” Development Manager Intelligent Grid Solutions Ian McGregor said.

The savings identified for the nursery are just one example from 110 audits covering all of the main agricultural sectors in all regions of the state, that collectively have revealed the potential to reduce power bills by $3m.

To date, one in five of the audited farm enterprises has implemented some or all of the recommendations to reduce their power bills. And they are reporting savings in line with those forecast in the audits.

The findings of these audits are continually being shared with primary producers through a series of case studies available online and at field days.

If you’re in agriculture and are concerned about your electricity costs, check out the case studies which show how applying best practice energy management strategies can increase productivity, reduce energy bills and contribute to good environmental outcomes.  You can find the case studies here. And watch this video of Aspley Nursery owner Noel Percy talking about his success with the Energy Savers program.