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Top 5 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing Plants

Top 5 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing Plants

By Vanessa Peng

If you run a manufacturing facility and need to find a way to cut costs, slashing your energy bill could very well be the easiest and most substantial way of reducing your budget. Here are the top 5 ways to improve energy efficiency in manufacturing plants:

Track Your Current Energy Use
Figuring out where you consume and how you consume energy is the first step to identifying how to cut energy costs.

A great place to start is to organize an internal Energy Treasure Hunt. Energy Treasure Hunts are a fun and interactive way to get your employees engaged and partipating in finding energy efficiencies that might exist within your facility.

Monitor Real-Time Energy Use
Being able to see how your devices are performing on a granular level can help you save money, manage consumption, improve efficiency, detect anomalies in your equipment, and prevent downtime and disruptions to your operations.

The latest and easiest way to accomplish this is by implementing Wireless Power Monitoring devices throughout your facility. These devices can be installed within a short period of time and you can then immediately start tracking where your consumption is coming from.

Lighting
Making the switch to LEDs can lead to a steep cut in your utility bill. LED lighting use about a quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light as traditional light sources and lasts 5-10 times longer. Incorporating advanced motion sensor controls can further help cut costs.

Having poor lighting can be costly for your monthly electric bill and maintenance team. It’s also one of the easiest to neglect when a lamp burns out. Lighting design and project implementation are big projects that should require assistance due to their complexity.

Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling can take up a huge cost of your energy bill. Installing smart thermostats can help you regulate the temperature throughout the year and help you save tens of thousands of dollars. Installing controls and more efficient motors that can help regulate the speed, output and run-time of HVAC equipment will dramatically help reduce electrical expenses.

Installing High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans have also been proven to increase airflow while decreasing heating and cooling expenses.

Avoid Peak Energy Times
Running during peak times could be drastically adding to your plant’s utility bill.  Consider a PhotoVoltaic PV solar and energy storage system, in which a battery system is charged by solar power.

Investing in battery storage is one of the best ways for a business to save money on peak energy use. With this type of system, you’ll be able to store energy at a lower rate for later use, like during peak times when your energy rates are the highest.

 

Taking steps to make your plant more energy efficient is a no-brainer. Not only will you save hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you will help optimize the comfort of your employees and their productivity. With so many energy technology funding options available, it doesn’t have to be a financial concern anymore as well. There really is no reason to wait. 

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