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 – industrial heating oil.
HVO fuel is an advanced renewable, high-quality alternative to regular diesel and can be used with little to no modifications needed to existing infrastructure. It faces considerably less operational issues with no FAME and sulphur content and reduces emissions by as much as 90%.
With less need for regular testing and less risk of contamination, HVO is a much more reliable and cost-stable fuel for farming.
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 Harvest fuel costs by clubbing together with your neighbours when ordering fuels – minimising delivery charges and the cost-per-unit of fuel! So, consider ordering red diesel in bulk today to save money.
Maintain today, save tomorrow
Regular maintenance of farm machinery and boilers can save money in the long and short term – routine lubricants and filters increase running efficiency and help stave off parts failure. Learn more about our range of 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. Learn more about our range of storage tank options.
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.