Without a doubt, energy prices have shot up significantly in the last few years and some parts of the country are experiencing supply restraints. The way industries will respond to this crisis will directly affect the performance and profitability of their business. This is especially the case for manufacturers, who use more energy than any other industries.
The good news is that for most manufacturers, energy efficiency comes naturally since it is a total quality management application that minimizes waste during the production process. Some of the best practices industries can use for energy efficiency are:
1. Increasing the efficiency of motor-driven systems
The higher the efficiency of your motor, the lower energy it consumes. It is as simple as that. The more the manufacturer upgrades the motors, the more energy efficient the process becomes. Finally, the more energy efficient a manufacturing plant is the lower the overall cost of operating, which leads to more competitiveness in the market.
The main key to success is to carry out regular maintenance of motors to keep them in optimal condition, which improves their energy efficiency. Know in advance where to find energy efficient replacement when the motors breakdown to minimize downtime.
2. Enhance building lighting
Another best practice that will help you lower your energy consumption is to improve the lighting of your building. Install energy efficient lighting systems and aim to use day light as much as possible to bring down the energy costs.
This will also enhance your lighting quality. When you capitalize on day light, you are accessing free light that may also improve the productivity of your workers the same way research have found it enhance the performance of students. The main advantages here are lower operating cost and increased productivity.
3. Upgrading ventilation, cooling and heating systems
If a company uses high-efficiency heating, ventilating and cooling system it can lower it energy consumption significantly. The company should aim to use effective computer controls to determine when and how the system should be used. Even taking simple steps such reducing the use of this system overnight and during the weekends can have bring about a substantial reduction in energy cost. If the last time you updated your HVAC was 10 years ago, you should consider getting another upgrade.
4. Benefit from utility competition
Whether the state has deregulated the electric and natural gas industries or not, you can utilize the local utility or even independent energy services to reduce our energy costs via demand-side management and innovative procurement. Utility companies are now competing for every industrial and commercial client.
Manufacturers can take advantage of this situation to ask for free bill-tracking software and energy audits. The key to success is to have energy management systems, which determine energy use as well as monitor valleys and peaks, to put manufacturers in a better situation to manage use, bargain with utilities and evade high rates.
5. Keep your employees informed
If manufacturers want to achieve energy efficiency, they have to use direct and indirect approaches. A direct approach involves cutting the utility bills of the company. Indirect approach means communicating what you have achieved and intends to do to save energy in your company.
If you keep your employees informed on these matters, you will empower and enable them to seek additional ways of reducing energy costs further. Use internal and external newsletters, press releases and mailings to keep your employees and customers informed.
6. Make use of water reduction equipment
When you save water, you are saving energy too. In some parts of the US, water is about to become a rare commodity. Hence, manufacturers should expect to see their sewage and water bills rise steadily in the next few years. Install a new water reduction system with a closed loop that allows you to use water over and over again.
7. Use the internet to explore energy saving methods
The internet is an excellent communication tool that can help manufacturers save their energy consumption. Using energy systems that are internet-based will give companies a more accurate control of energy consumption via an office or plant. Secure the needed resources and software tools needed to effect this change.
The importance of using energy efficient systems in the workplace to lower energy costs cannot be underestimated. Some companies, which rely heavily on energy, have been able to cut their operating cost by as much as 50% just by implementing these simple best practices.
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