Learn how managing a facility’s energy usage could help your business reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Manufacturing is one of the most energy-intensive operations in the U.S. According to ENERGY STAR®, the U.S. manufacturing sector consumes about one-third of the energy used in the United States and contributes to about 28 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Energy is a significant, controllable expense for most manufacturers.
Key Energy-Saving Opportunities
1. Efficient Lighting DesignHigh-efficiency lighting can reduce lighting costs by 30 percent while improving light quality and safety within your facility. Indoor and outdoor LED lighting and controls use light and energy more efficiently, saving money and energy. LED lightbulbs are long-lasting and require fewer changes, freeing up maintenance time.
2. Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) & Motor UpgradesMany motors run at a constant speed, even when there is little demand to do so. This operation can waste energy and wear out equipment faster. An energy-efficient variable speed drive (VSD) slows the fan or pump down when the load decreases, saving energy.
3. Building Management Systems (BMS)BMS are computer-based systems installed in buildings to manage and monitor equipment such as air conditioning, heating, lighting, and more. They can automatically turn off systems and equipment when they are not in use—reducing energy loads and extending equipment and systems’ operational life.
4. Heating & Cooling Equipment UpgradesHeating and cooling can be large expenses for an industrial facility. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency systems, your facility can enjoy long-term reduced energy usage, decrease equipment maintenance time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a comfortable environment.
Case Study: Boutwell Owens
A printed paperboard packaging vendor, Boutwell Owens, saved $36,000 annually with major lighting upgrades.Download Case Study
Case Study: Gentex Optics
Gentex Optics, the world’s leading provider of eyeglass lenses, saved $142,274 annually by replacing three existing process chillers with energy-efficient equipment and process controls.Download Case Study
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