From muck spreading and seed drilling, to lambing and calving, modern farming relies heavily on fuel – and keeping tractors rolling and sheds heated isn’t cheap. We’ve put together a few tips to help you save money on your Harvest fuel bills so that you can get back to what you do best – running your farm.
Use the right fuel for the job
Red diesel sees widespread use across the agricultural industry, powering tractors, machinery and generators. But is it always the best choice for the job?
Industrial Heating Oil is a cost-effective alternative for use in commercial boilers, heaters and furnaces – that includes grain dryers and sheds. Find out more about Speedy Flame.
Optimise for efficiency
For every second spent turning, opening and closing gates, you’re burning fuel that you could put to much better use. Finding ways to plan your route to minimise this wastage can pay big dividends over the year.
You can also cut costs by clubbing together with your neighbours when ordering fuels – minimising delivery charges and the cost-per-unit of fuel! Order in bulk.
Maintain today, save tomorrow
Regular maintenance of farm machinery and boilers can save money in the long and short term – routinely lubricants and filters increase running efficiency and helps stave off part failure. Order lubricants.
Watch the revs!
By using the right tractor for the job, you can cut down your fuel usage significantly – smaller tractors for smaller loads, larger tractors for the bigger jobs so you’re not straining the engine. You can also gear up and throttle back, shifting to a higher gear and sitting in lower revs for better fuel efficiency.
The quality of your storage solution is key to efficiency – a pristine storage tank is essential to prevent fuel loss through evaporation and corrosion. You should also keep your tank below ground if possible, or at least in the shade if it’s above ground.
The quality of your fuels and lubricants is another good way to save money, as it not only goes further but extends engine life. Browse our range.
New fuel transport regulations
From May 9th 2019, all containers used to transport fuel on public roads must meet ADR road carriage requirements. Find out more.