Analysis of energy conserving devices in East Texas broiler houses Academic Article uri icon


  • Three energy efficient retrofits were evaluated in poultry broiler facilities in the Nacogdoches, Texas, area between March 1991 and January 1993. The retrofits included evaluation of energy savings from compact fluorescent lamps, energy efficient motors for ventilation fans, and a reflective roof coating paint. The compact fluorescent lighting retrofit showed a payback of less than two years using present purchase prices. The energy efficient motor retrofit realized savings, however, not enough to pay for removing a motor in good working condition to replace it with a higher efficiency motor. The reflective roof coating yielded only very small energy savings and was the costliest retrofit of the three used. The additional cost of a reflective roof coating material on this type of building would need to be justified on the assumption of providing longer roof life rather than on the basis of energy savings.

published proceedings

  • Applied Engineering in Agriculture

author list (cited authors)

  • Stark, G. L., Perritt, R. D., & Evans, D

complete list of authors

  • Stark, GL||Perritt, RD||Evans, D

publication date

  • November 1994