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Permalink What are some resources for energy audit tools and checksheets?


Answer: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has contracted with GDS Associates to create about 13 energy self-assessment tools for farms. They can be found at

These calculators are still undergoing some revisions, but they are well done, under the supervision of Scott Sanford at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They will eventually appear on the NRCS websites and I would expect them to become well-known and even standard.

Companies like EnSave have their own tools and checklists, but these tend to be proprietary.

Our publication "Farm Energy Calculators: Tools for Saving Money on the Farm" provides links to a couple dozen other calculators.

This kind of information is somewhat scattered and inconsistent, and there are important regional variations. But I hope these will be some helpful starting points.



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