If you run an industrial business, energy usage is a major concern for you. Not only does unnecessarily excessive energy use directly affect your bottom line, but it’s bad for the environment as well. Here’s a closer look at how you can keep yours to a minimum with careful planning and wise choices.
Strategically Scheduled Operations
Powering all of your equipment up at one time can cause major spikes in energy usage, especially when it comes to the overall demand placed on your facility at one time. Keep this effect to a minimum by carefully scheduling separate start-up times for various machines and equipment types. You may also want to research which of your machines use the most energy and schedule their operation as far outside of peak demand hours as possible.
Optimize Your Equipment
Proper maintenance can make a world of difference when it comes to how industrial machinery utilizes energy, so you’ll want to stay on top of things in this area. Make sure all equipment is regularly maintained according to manufacturer’s guidelines and industry standards. You’ll also want to have all applicable equipment regularly tested for leaks and pressure problems, as with a professional proof pressure test. A single leak can cost a facility hundreds (if not thousands) of extra dollars in energy costs each year.
Build a Dedicated Team
Last but definitely not least, you’ll want to make sure you’re only working with people who are as dedicated to smart energy usage as you are. Make sure use policies, operation schedules, and other rules are widely known, as well as posted within easy sight in high traffic areas like operation floors and break rooms. You may also want to add a dedicated energy management professional to your staff at some point to keep things running smoothly.
Using energy wisely and saving it where possible is everyone’s responsibility. With a little dedication, you can help your facility do its part and then some.