The Best Way to Reduce Your Heating Costs is not to Change Your Heating System

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Date: 
2005
Volume: 
17
Number: 
13
Tip Category: 
Energy conservation
Heating systems

With record high propane prices, many producers are questioning if there is a less expensive fuel they can use to heat their poultry houses. There are in fact a number of alternative fuels that have been successfully used for a number of years to heat poultry houses at a significantly lower cost. Some of the alternative fuels that are presently being used include coal, wood, hay, used motor oil and even corn. Producers with many of these systems have found that not only have they been able to cut their heating costs in half, but improved environmental conditions have often lead to improved bird performance. The downside is that these systems can cost from $15,000 to over $50,000 for the typical poultry house and can require more labor and a higher level of management than many traditional heating systems.