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DIY Friday: A Manufacturer’s Guide to Energy Efficiency

If you’re a facility manager at a manufacturing plant, we don’t need to tell you that your building is probably using an immense amount of energy.  There are ways to reduce your consumption, and with ENERGY STAR’s Bring Your Green to Work campaign, you can learn how.

Here are 8 simple ways to not only reduce your business’s energy use, but to limit its carbon emissions as well!

Lighting

If your lighting systems haven’t been upgraded in several years, the first step is to inspect them.  Switch any outdated light bulbs with more efficient ones, like CFLs or LEDs.  Also, make sure you are only turning lights on when and where they’re needed.

Computers

Take advantage of the power-saving mode!  With this tool, computers and monitors will automatically switch to “sleep mode” after a pre-determined amount of time has passed.

Bay Doors

Make sure to close any bay door that is not currently being used.  Leaving them open in winter will result in a great amount of heat loss, and in summer, you can kiss your cool air goodbye.

Steam Traps

According to ENERGY STAR, “If your plant uses steam, odds are that 10% of your steam traps are failing – wasting energy and money!”  Educate yourself on how to recognize any performance issues and fix them as soon as possible.

Boiler

Perform frequent maintenance on your boilers and ensure they are insulated properly.  Think about installing an economizer to recover any wasted heat.

Exhaust System

An exhaust system demands a hefty amount of energy.  As with the lighting, turn it off when not in use, but also be sure it is safe to do so.

Equipment

Shut down all equipment during periods of non-production.  Your equipment probably consumes the greatest amount of energy, so train your employees on proper shutdown procedures and designate one person to make sure they are followed.  (Click here to learn how your facility can get paid to shut down.)

Compressed Air Pipe

You may not be aware of them, but tiny leaks in compressed air systems can mean hundreds of dollars of wasted money each year.  ENERGY STAR tells us that compressed air is the most expensive plant utility!  So act fast when a leak is detected.  To avoid air leaks, used compressed air only when necessary, monitor performance of the compressor, and reduce pressure wherever possible.

If you and your team work hard to limit energy consumption in all of these areas, your next utility bill will surely reflect it.  For more information on how your manufacturing plant can save energy, visit energystar.gov.

From everyone at YourEnergyBlog, enjoy your savings (and your weekend)!

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