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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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
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
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
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm - Part 2
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm - Part 2 - Articles Articles
Upgrade options and common pitfalls for farm lighting. More
Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency - Articles
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
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
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
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
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
Electricity Deregulation
Electricity Deregulation - Articles Articles

Electricity Deregulation

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

The deregulation of electricity generation provides electricity customers with far more options in terms of how they purchase and use electricity. More
Energy Efficiency on the Farm
Energy Efficiency on the Farm - Articles Articles

Energy Efficiency on the Farm

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

We use energy to heat, cool, plant, harvest, clean, and perform a wide variety of tasks. However, the price of energy can sometimes be a real obstacle to keeping a farm profitable. More
One of two cider presses at Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market
Energy Efficiency: Cider Press - Articles Articles

Energy Efficiency: Cider Press

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Real-time energy monitoring sites at horticultural operations throughout PA. Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, is the site example for a cider press. More
Energy Savings for Farmers and Landowners
Energy Savings for Farmers and Landowners - Articles Articles
The Farm Energy Efficiency program is a statewide initiative of the Penn State Extension and part of Extension’s Renewable and Alternative Energy program portfolio. More
Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance - Articles Articles

Financial Assistance

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Pennsylvania has an established network of Universal Service Programs for helping those in need to gain access to affordable energy. More
Green buildings, such as the Stuckeman Family Building at Penn State, are designed to use less energy and have fewer impacts on the ecosystem
Green Buildings and Bioenergy - Articles Articles

Green Buildings and Bioenergy

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

What are Green buildings and bioenergy; and how can bioenergy can work in green buildings. More
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