The energy costs inside any industrial facility can quickly add up. The good news is there are incremental changes that you can explore to drive down these costs. When the margins are tight, scaling down on your energy costs can make a significant difference on your bottom line. Energy conservation is not only good for the environment, it can help your bottom line.
Whether you want to take the full step to conduct an energy audit, or just make some basic changes to improve the energy situation at your facility, these strategies can help move the needle in the right direction.
These Strategies Can Help You Save Energy At Your Facility
Evaluate The Efficiency of Your Compressed Air System – Your compressed air system is referred to as the fourth utility for a reason. It consumes a lot of electricity and drives up costs. Leaks add up to a lot of wasted energy and accelerate the wear and tear on an expensive business investment.
There is ultrasonic detection equipment that can be used to find leaks. If the leak is large enough, the sound may be audible. Your air compressor maintenance team can also help you determine if there is a leak in your compressor system. Routine maintenance and keeping your parts up to date can also help you improve the efficiency of the system.
Using an advanced monitoring system can give you precise numbers on how much energy your air compressor is consuming. It may also help to take a look at this article on 7 ways to reduce your compressor energy consumption.
Use Energy-Efficient Lighting – Industrial facilities require strong lighting, so it’s critical that it also be energy efficient. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) consume less energy. It can also help to turn off the lights that aren’t in use, or remove lighting from areas that aren’t heavily used.
Employee Buy-In – If you decide to make any changes to your energy consumption, it’s important that employees are on board. They’re the ones you may be asking to shut off their equipment at the end of their shift. It may help to create some sort of employee incentive program if your organization is able to save a certain amount on their energy costs. They may also be able to provide you with new energy-saving ideas.
Evaluate the Layout of Your Compressed Air System – The less distance that the air has to travel, the better for energy consumption. Your system doesn’t have to work as hard, and it won’t expend as much energy or output. Any bends or kinks in the airflow system may be expending more energy or lead to parts breaking down sooner. It can also help to evaluate dryers, filters, or separators for pressure drops. Make sure that everything with your compressor is operating as smooth as possible. This can be another great way to save energy at your facility.
Take Advantage of Consumption Periods – Evaluate the processes in your facility that involve the most amount of energy. Electric rates may vary on the time of consumption. Evaluate your peak consumption rates and see if the timing on any of your processes can be changed. Peak rate periods will be your most expensive times to operate.
Lower Your Energy Consumption Through Your Air Compressor
If you are looking for more ways to save energy at your facility, bringing in your air compressor maintenance company can help. Our expert technicians can help reduce energy consumption across a variety of industries. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how we can help you, contact us today!