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Energy Efficiency Challenges in Rural Communities Without Internet

Rural and small-town America has a proud and independent culture all its own. It also has unique energy needs and challenges.

If we use the US Department of Agriculture definition of a rural or ‘non-metropolitan’ community as one with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants, then small towns and rural countryside make up 72 percent of the land area in the United States—but just 14 percent of the total population. Yet interestingly, rural communities account for 20 percent of US energy consumption.

How to Surmount Skepticism About Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities

One in five Americans lives in rural America. That’s about 60 million people with a way of life and a proud, independent culture all their own. They don’t have the same usage patterns as those that live in urban or suburban areas, meaning they can’t be reached with the same tactics and programs.

Technology Advances for Innovative Agriculture Programs

Energy is a major business expense for agricultural producers. While U.S. farms have almost doubled their energy efficiency over the past 25 years, for most there are still big energy—and money—savings to be had. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that the potential energy savings in the agricultural sector could amount to $1 billion per year.

Engaging Wineries in Your Agriculture Programs

Wine making is an energy-intensive process. The California wine industry (which produces about 85% of US wine) consumes over 400 GWh of electricity annually, making it the second largest electricity-consuming food industry in California, after fruit and vegetable processing.

What Do You Know About Agriculture?

If you still think of big red barns and fields of cows when you hear the word “agriculture,” you’re in for a surprise. While dairy farming is still a major component, the agriculture sector now spreads far and wide to include indoor farming, wineries, cannabis, aquaculture and more. As technology improves and farmers become more innovative, the industry is ripe for energy savings.

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