Other ways for producers to use propane more efficiently involve building maintenance. Ventilation air inlets need to be properly maintained, and air leaks should be eliminated.
Producers can assess the efficiency of their facilities by having an on-farm energy audit. During an energy audit, professionals come out to the farm and look at where facility improvements could be made. They outline savings-to-investment ratios for implementing those improvements, whether that's as simple as caulking areas of air leaks or as investment-heavy as adding heat exchangers.
Martin said farmers could apply for grants to offset the costs of the audits and farm energy efficiency improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, to provide assistance with energy efficiency improvement projects. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers Environmental Quality Incentives Programs, and many utility companies also offer rebate incentives.
Livestock producers with questions about environmental control, energy efficiency and air quality in their facilities can contact Heber at 765-494-1214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.