Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about Ag Energy NY
This page provides common questions and answers to help orient you about this extension program and website.
Who developed this website and the content on it?
Can I find advice about residential parts of a farm on this website?
NYSERDA Agricultural Programs generally do not cover the residential parts of a farm. These programs do include farm equipment that may be in the home, such as refrigeration and freezers. Residential energy advising and related programs can be found at the NYSERDA Smart Energy Choices Program page.
What types of farms are generally discussed on this website?
The information on this website is geared towards all scales of farms for each of the sectors covered. This program’s Areas of Interest are described more on the Program Background page. Energy efficiency guidance is developed with a focus on small- and medium-scale operations, because larger farms can generally apply the same technologies and approaches at larger scales.
Larger farms more commonly adopt energy efficiency measures due to economies of scale. Ag Energy NY is intended to build a foundation of interest and resources suitable for all scales of farms to improve energy efficiency as technologies become more accessible and as energy costs increase.
Can I find some advice about on-site power generation on this website?
We do not focus on renewables like solar electric panels and small wind turbines on this website. They are parts of the Farm Energy Audit as farmers should aim at both energy efficiency systems and renewables. When affordable energy efficiency items are installed, they reduce the renewable systems’ size and cost, which tend to be much more expensive.
Can I find advice on residential parts of a farm on this website?
The NYSERDA Agricultural Program does not cover the residential parts of the farm. Still, it does include farm equipment that may be in the home, such as refrigeration and freezers, as well as produce handling. Residential energy advising can be found at the Smart Energy Choices Program page.