For many manufacturers, the cost of energy - whether it's electrical or for heating - is one of the biggest they face on a monthly basis. For that reason, it may be critical for managers of such companies to take a look at what they can do to reduce those costs on an ongoing basis.
The following tips may help them do just that:
1) Shut off equipment that's not in use
This may seem like a simple solution but it's an effective one, according to Lime Energy. The amount of money lost to machines that are turned on - or even just plugged in - but not in use may be significant. Make this a policy and you'll see your energy bills drop.
2) Conduct an energy audit
Unfortunately, a lot of the energy loss in your facility is invisible without an audit, Lime Energy advised. Bringing in a licensed professional to look at areas where you may be letting heated or cooled air escape from your facility could help you find a way to cut your needless usage.
3) Make HVAC maintenance a regular effort
Making sure your facility is energy-efficient is not a set-it-and-forget-it proposition, according to Industrial Controls. If you need to fix your HVAC system once to ensure there are fewer leaks, setting up a maintenance schedule to regularly address new issues is better than trying to triage issues later.
4) Get a better handle on water temperature
Another area where your heating efforts may be going to waste is if you have your hot water heater set too high, Industrial Controls added. The amount of heat you lose as water travels through pipes is not insignificant, and if you bring down your water temperature settings even slightly, you may find you save more money than you would have thought with this one simple change.
5) Look at your past energy bills
If you are able to examine your previous power costs in great detail, it's a good idea to do so, according to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. This may help you identify times when your energy use peaks - such as during the winter for gas, or during the summer for electricity - to see if there are any changes you can make that could have a positive impact on your bottom line.
6) Think about how peak times might cost you more
Depending on how your agreements with your various energy providers work, you may find you are charged more for using power at certain times of the day, NOPEC said. If that's the case, it can be wise to change your strategy - or even when your busiest shifts take place - to avoid those premium charges.
7) Consider your air compressors
One aspect of extreme power use in manufacturing facilities that is often overlooked is how much a compressed air system can cost - especially if it's leaking, NOPEC further noted. It might also be wise to turn down the operating pressure if you can, as even slight reductions can have a massive effect on your power consumption.
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