Do Energy Upgrades Really Save You Money?

Energy Upgrades

There are three types of energy upgrades that can occur; existing building retrofits, major remodels, and new construction projects.  In each scenario, significant savings can be achieved from a variety of different areas.  The first is by having an unbiased energy company do research to figure out if there are corresponding rebate opportunities available for the upgrades you’re making.

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This is a vital step in the energy upgrade process.  Including an expert like MYESCO in the planning and design phase can significantly alter the amount of rebates that are available for your project.  The best choices for fixtures, lighting, controls, and mechanicals can be jointly decided upon, allowing your company to realize the largest amount of savings.

For example, if you were remodeling your office and needed 50 new lights, a standard fixture could be used that would allow you to install low-e bulbs.  The alternative would be to consult with a company like MYESCO, who may suggest a different LED fixture and bulb allowing you to become eligible for a $4,000 rebate.  This would likely pay for the entire project.

Payback

Another way of analyzing a project is to look at the projected payback terms for the installation.  Depending on the age of fixtures and systems, payback terms can be a matter of months based on reduced operational costs and rebates available.

For example, an airport maintenance facility was able to obtain $45,000 in rebates for the $85,000 lighting and heating upgrades they performed. Within the first four months of operations, an additional $39,000 was also saved in reduced utility usage for the facility.  Their ROI was quickly achieved and will provide significant savings into the future.

Energy upgrades do save money and a reduction in usage is most scenarios is possible.  It is essential to have an unbiased energy company on hand to properly analyze the energy projects your company is pursuing or already involved in.  If you’re interested in more information about any of the programs or opportunities available in your area, contact us here or email us at info@my-esco.com.

 

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3 Energy Efficiency Measures for Your Business

Energy Efficiency

Government statistics estimate that across the country, 30% of total energy use in buildings is wasted.  As businesses have started to realize the potential billions of dollars that could be saved, energy efficiency has become more of a focal point.  As industrial and commercial buildings become more efficient, they help to protect the environment, save large amounts of money in energy costs, and lower America’s dependence on foreign oil.  Here are three things that most businesses can do to become more energy efficient:

 

1. Technology Driven Plan

One of the largest obstacles to effectively managing the energy use in manufacturing facilities is the ability to identify where the problem areas actually are located.  This is why it is important to gain access to your energy data through upgrades in technology and energy monitoring equipment.  New and improved building automation systems allow for proper analysis of all current systems, allowing management to make energy conscious decisions.  Without the proper technology in place, energy usage is hard to pinpoint accurately and effectively.  

2. Weekend Reductions

Industrial and commercial businesses typically have reduced production times during the weekend, or during the night if no shift work is being completed.  These off hours provide a great opportunity for any business to achieve huge energy savings.  With the proper building management system in place, all systems can be turned down/off to allow for the maximum amount of savings.  Automation of these processes is the best route to take as human error can frequently interfere.

3. Compressed Air Leaks

The purchase of a compressed air system is much lower than the cost of operating and managing the system over time.  This is why it is so important to invest in energy efficiency measures and perform regular maintenance.  A compressed air leak audit will identify all of the leaks in the current system, and repairs performed will bring back immediate savings on your utility power bill.  The industry standard for compressed air leak load in manufacturing facilities is 20%-30% of total output, making this a necessity for any facility that utilizes compressed air.

For more information on different measures your business can take to become more energy efficient, contact us today.

 

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Is Your Building Operating Efficiently?

To know if your building is operating efficiently, we first need to define what “efficiency” means.  Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy: the quality or degree of being efficient.”

Frequently, we hear companies talking about running efficient buildings because they upgraded their lights or have become LEED certified.  Most of this talk is because of the materials they used to put the building together.  Although this is a great step towards efficiency, this in of itself will not qualify you by many standards as an energy efficient building.

The ability to be efficient does require these type of upgrades, but organizations must go further.  We must go deeper and analyze the surrounding climate of the building, occupation by employees, how the systems work together, etc.  There are more practices that should be put in place in order for you to have the best plan for the energy management of your building(s).

 

Site Assessments

We work directly with utility companies across the country and there is a trend happening that is good and bad.  Many of these utility companies have employees approaching companies and talking to them about performing site assessments of their building(s).  This is a good thing because they can identify possible upgrades that currently apply to that particular utility company.  The bad part is assessments like these are not unbiased and up to the standards of energy consultants.  To be a true authority in energy efficiency, a holistic and unbiased approach must be taken to identify the opportunities in all areas of energy management.

The dangerous thing for companies is to believe that these assessments properly analyze all mechanical systems, lighting, and controls.  As previously stated, in order to get the best recommendations for your facility, a person with expertise in all areas must take the time to develop a comprehensive plan.

In most cases, this can be performed in a matter of hours, but the savings for your organization will continue for years!  We’ve seen organizations save upwards of 10% off their utility bills simply by having a qualified Energy Engineer walk their facility and point out a few small items with a large impact.

For more information on performing site assessments or finding the correct energy consultant for your organization, email info@my-esco.com or give us a call at 616-226-5550, or contact us here.

 

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Leaking Compressed Air

Compressed air is not free, but with the proper management program and system review it can be much less expensive.  Identifying the problems with your current compressed air system now will save you time and money in the future.
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  1. Compressed air audits help to identify leaks that can occur in any part of the system. These leaks have the potential to account for as much as 20-40% of your compressed air consumption.  Fixing your leaks will directly affect your electric bill resulting in reduced spending at your facility.
  2. Reducing your energy consumption by $100,000 will have the same net income effect of $2,000,000 in added sales (assuming a 5% net margin). Saving energy is a great way to bring money to your bottom line.
  3. Pay back for a typical compressed air audit is also measured in months, not years. This is due to the direct impact on your current energy costs associated with fixing leaks in your system.  You will see the effects almost immediately.

A compressed air audit is a quick and efficient option that can help reduce your operational expenses and bring more money to your bottom line.  If you’re interested in either of the above, contact us to see if we can help improve your facility.

 

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Compressed Air Leak Prevention Program – Where to Start

Compressed air leaks can be a large source of wasted energy in a manufacturing facility.  The industry standard for wasted output from the compressor typically is 20%-30%.  Armed with this knowledge, it is important to know where to start in regards to managing your compressed air system.  A Compressed Air Leak Prevention Program includes the following activities:Leak Prevention

  • Leaks can occur in any part of your compressed air system, but there are a few common problem areas that require your immediate attention.  Couplings, tubes, hoses, pipe joints, and fittings are a few of the places that should be checked first.  Typically, pipes with any sort of residue can signify there may be a leak in that area.
  • There are two common ways to check for leaks.  The first and simpler option is to apply soapy water to suspect areas like those mentioned above.  This option is very reliable, but will take up much of your time and effort if you have a large facility.
  • The second and better option for large facilities is to use an ultrasonic acoustic detector.  These devices recognize high frequency air hissing sounds that are undetectable to the human ear.  They are essential in determining where the largest leaks are in your system.  The largest leaks should be prioritized and repaired first in order to provide the most energy savings as quickly as possible.

Fixing leaks once is not sufficient for any large facility.  More leaks will occur throughout the system and a leak prevention program should be implemented in order to reap the rewards of reduced energy demand.  Systematic tagging, tracking, and repair needs to be a part of any evaluation of your facility.

 

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