10 Energy Reduction Strategies to Earn Your Facility Money

If you’ve participated in a demand response (DR) event before, you probably have a reduction strategy already in place.  But what if you’re forgetting something?  What if there are more ways to reduce energy and get an even larger payment?

We’re about to share with you the top 10 reduction strategies that are sure to give you the best results:

Switch to on-site generators

Running on-site generators to take your facility partially, or even completely, off the grid can be one of the best methods for obtaining your maximum payment.  Before the next DR event is activated, check to make sure the generators are fully fueled and ready to go.  During the event, ensure that the transfer switch is engaged and actually displacing the grid power.

Hint: Activating your generator 15 minutes before the event, and letting it run for 15 minutes after the event ends, will ensure a successful reduction.

Pre-chill your facility

Run the air conditioner at a higher level two or three hours before the event.  Shut it off for the duration of the event, and run it normally once the event is over.  This is a simple process that can be an effective way to cut electricity.

Shut down manufacturing procedures

Turn off all electrical equipment and machinery for the duration of the event.  Assign employees to other tasks or switch their lunch breaks to coincide with the event.

Switch to natural lighting

Events will typically occur in the daytime, so switching to natural lighting is an option for most facilities.  Shut off lights in office areas, cafeterias, and any other areas that will still be able to function safely.

Decrease chiller capacity

Reduce chiller capacity by 25-50% during an event, or if possible, shut down completely.

Reduce the number of active elevators

If possible, take half your building’s elevators off duty.  They consume a ton of electricity and your guests probably won’t even notice.  Just be sure to place “Out of Service” signs on each floor.

Lower air handler airflow

Confirm that it is safe to run the air handler at a reduced speed.  If it is at constant speed but has multiple speed taps in the motor, a control relay can be used to switch to a lower speed.

Avoid using kitchen appliances

Be sure to turn off all ovens, dishwashers, and laundry machines at your facility.

Turn off water heaters and coolers

Unplug these units during the event, and be sure to label them so they are not turned back on until the event concludes.

Disable any decorative displays

If your facility has outdoor lighting, fountains, or any other decorative displays, make sure they are turned off.

When you participate in a demand response program, a large portion of your payment is based on performance, so it is important to reduce as much electricity as possible. With these energy reduction tips, your facility will be well prepared for when the next event is activated.  One last piece of advice: educate your employees on your facility’s reduction strategy so there is no confusion when the time comes to perform.

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  • http://www.neptunlight.com/ Jared

    Natural light and high efficient lighting would lead to a major decrease in cost for large scale events. When natural light isn’t available, retrofitting current fixtures with high-efficient solutions is always worth the investment. Great tips!