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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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
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
Electricity Deregulation
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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
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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
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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 Efficient Lighting for Farms
Energy Efficient Lighting for Farms - Articles Articles
Follow these tips to help make sure that your new lighting system is truly efficient. 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
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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
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm: Part 1 - Light Sources
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm: Part 1 - Light Sources - Articles Articles
Discussion on choosing the best light source for you by reviewing typical lamp types and performance. More
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Are you looking for ways to cut your energy bill and stay competitive? If you're a dairy farmer, efficient energy use is critical to keeping your farm competitive in today's environment. More
Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Cars and Trucks
Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Cars and Trucks - Articles Articles
The ever-increasing prices for gasoline and diesel fuel should serve as a wake-up call to use our energy resources in a much more efficient manner. More
Make Your Transportation Habits More Renewable
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Tips for Pennsylvanians wanting to go renewable. More
Managing Your Electrical Demand
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Managing Your Electrical Demand

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Managing electrical demand for farmers who are classified as "commercial" or "industrial" customers of electricity. More
More Efficient Lighting
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More Efficient Lighting

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

The incandescent lamp, which was developed more than 125 years ago, is rather inefficient in providing light. More