Energy Use and Efficiency

Information on renewable and alternative energy use and efficiency, including biogas production, biomass heating, farm energy efficiency and converting waste to energy. Tips on running diesel engine, green buildings and using wood stoves efficiently.

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Average PA Natural Gas Prices for Residential Customers (EIA)
Biomass Heat in the Natural Gas Era - News News
Is wood heat still a good value? More
Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy
Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy - Online Courses Online Courses
$69.00
Biogas is renewable natural gas produced from organic waste. This course explains how biogas is produced, the equipment needed, and how to estimate yield. More
Photo: Tara Baugher
Fuel Consumption Spreadsheet - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Fuel Consumption Spreadsheet

Tara Baugher, Alex Leslie

Spreadsheet for comparing fuel consumption based on row spacings and equipment size. More
Energy Selector Slide Rule Energy Selector Slide Rule - Articles
The Energy Selector slide rule is a convenient tool for making "apples-to-apples" comparisons of various heating fuels on the basis of cost per BTU. More
An air-to-air heat exchanger keeps indoor air fresh without wasting heat
High Performance Homes - Proven and Effective - News News
Part 2 in the Penn State Extension renewable and alternative energy series on high performance homes. More
Improve Energy Efficiency in Greenhouses
Improve Energy Efficiency in Greenhouses - Videos Videos
In this video, learn the top 10 things greenhouse growers can do to improve energy efficiency and save money. More
Using Your Wood Stove Efficiently and Effectively
Using Your Wood Stove Efficiently and Effectively - Articles Articles
Wood Stove Efficiency: Using a high-efficiency stove, using dry wood, keeping the fire hot, and not starving the fire. More
Roof vents should close snugly with no cracks or openings.
Things a Greenhouse Grower Can Do To Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Operating a commercial greenhouse is one of the most rewarding ways to make a living, but it is not an automatic or easy task. More
The Origins and Meaning of Net Metering
The Origins and Meaning of Net Metering - Articles Articles
The legal mandate that led to widespread deployment of net metering in Pennsylvania, has had as profound an effect on renewable electricity today. More
Switch to Three-Phase Electricity, if Available
Switch to Three-Phase Electricity, if Available - Articles Articles
As farms become larger and more mechanized, the need for larger electric motors also increases. Three-phase electrical power needs to be considered on all farms. More
Sustainability in America - Waste To Energy
Sustainability in America - Waste To Energy - Articles Articles
There are many untapped potential waste streams in our state that are valuable resources for energy. More
Solar PV Electric Systems: Is There a Good Fit for Me?
Solar PV Electric Systems: Is There a Good Fit for Me? - Articles Articles
What are photo voltaic (PV) electric solar systems, the differences between roof-mounted and ground-mounted arrays, and how to determine which size is best for you. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
Run Tractors and Other Diesel Engines at Peak Performance - Articles Articles
Achieving (and maintaining) peak performance of your engines will result in many benefits such as high fuel efficiency, reduced maintenance expenses, reduced downtime, and extended life. More
Real-time Pricing for Electricity
Real-time Pricing for Electricity - Articles Articles
Real-time pricing for electricity- why it matters, how and when prices vary, purchasing when prices are low, and knowing prices and controlling load. More
Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency - Articles

Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Penn State’s Farm Energy Efficiency program is a statewide initiative of Penn State Extension and part of Extension’s Renewable and Alternative Energy program. More
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