The following energy saving tips can improve your bottom line and benefit the environment.
- Upgrade to high efficiency lighting - replacing incandescent technologies with CFLs, HO T-8, T-5, and other application appropriate technologies can reduce lighting costs up to 75%.
- Install setback thermostats and check settings on existing units - If setback thermostats are installed, double check their settings and reset them if necessary to match seasonal operating hours and temperature requirements. You can reduce natural gas use by one percent for every one degree Fahrenheit you set back the thermostat.
- Ensure the energy management system is working properly - Make sure it is set correctly and operating properly. EMS often are set incorrectly, which wastes energy and money. The savings will be substantial: you can reduce natural gas use by up to 20 percent by using an EMS correctly.
- Install boiler system controls - These controls, such as outdoor temperature resets, manage the boiler's operating temperature. They trim natural gas use during fall, spring and some winter warm spells. You will reduce the boiler's natural gas use by 15 percent to 20 percent for non-condensing boilers and up to 40 percent for condensing boilers.
- Maintain steam systems - a typical industrial facility can reduce steam system related natural gas use by 20 percent by (1) reducing leaks, (2) insulating piping, and (3) testing traps.
- Get a boiler tune-up every three to six months - Do not ignore basic maintenance; keep steam systems operating at peak efficiency and you will manage energy costs more effectively. Routine maintenance can reduce facility energy use by two percent.
- Optimize hot water systems - Specifically, look for ways to reduce hot water consumption like (1) eliminate applications that do not require it, (2) adjust temperatures to 120 F, (3) Insulate hot water pipes, and (4) install high efficiency water heaters (e.g. .63 EF or 88% TE).
- Install and maintain heat recovery systems - heat recovery systems capture waste heat from refrigeration equipment, boilers, driers, furnaces and other manufacturing processes. This waste heat can then be used to meet other heating or hot water needs and displace the need for natural gas. If you already have a heat recovery system, make sure it is working properly.
- Add a variable frequency drive to your air handling system.
More energy saving tips for business customers are available from EnergySavers.gov