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FAQ: "Industrial Energy Saving Tips"

David Jones - 21 Oct 2019
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Did you know that by applying some simple industrial energy saving tips, your organisation you could slash energy bills by around 29%, according to The Carbon Trust. Many of the recommendations we deliver in this article are inexpensive and can be implemented very effectively in the short term.

Here are our industrial energy saving tips

  • Motor upgrades

One of the best energy saving pieces of equipment introduced to the industrial sector has been the emergence of variable-speed drives for fans and pumps. These will work even better for conserving energy if combined with high-efficiency motors too. But both will run at optimum efficiency if time is blocked out in the industrial process to regularly maintain lubrication, tightness and alignment. More than 65% of industrial energy is consumed by motors, a figure which can be reduced with upgrades and regular maintenance.

  • Refrigeration units

If your business is using fridges and freezers to preserve items such as food or chemicals, you may be losing energy in the simplest of ways. Faulty door seals are to blame for around 10% of potential energy loss and another 10% may be lost from having fridges and freezers on too high a setting. Again, like with motors, it’s important to have the devices maintained, especially as dirt can seriously affect the cold output of refrigeration units.

  • Lighting

On paper, one of the best industrial energy saving tips comes through our recommendations for lighting. Switching to LED lights, if possible on the premises, will save 90% energy usage per light bulb, creating huge savings. Putting up posters around your organization that remind people to turn off lights when they’re not needed is another good idea. Working with the cleaning team, or whoever is last in the building each day to make sure that every single light is turned off will save you money over time. Often lights are used during the day, when natural light would be more than sufficient and even increases staff happiness. Motion sensors are always recommended for low-traffic areas of the premises.

  • Insulation

Many industrial or manufacturing premises are improperly insulated, meaning they are letting their warmth and money transcend through the walls. Piping insulation can be checked very easily by feeling along the insulated area for damage or weak spots. These weak spots, or sagging, can be totally eradicated by replacing your current insulation system with Icynene spray foam. Insulation is not just for walls, roofs, ceilings and floors – in an industrial setting, some machinery parts require insulation, as do tanks and valves. Proper insulation can HALVE heating bills and is easily retrofitted.

  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning

As much as 30% of a business’ energy usage comes through heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and for heating alone, 12% of the entire manufacturing industry’s energy usage comes from attempting to heat buildings. An advanced system that integrates HVAC with smart monitoring and other industrial energy saving tips will assist in managing your utility bills.

Industrial Energy Saving Tips: The Summary

Total energy management can be complex if jumped into without proper thought and planning. We advise consulting an energy consultant to see where the best opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption lay within your business. We’ve only covered some of our favourite industrial energy saving tips, but there are others out there, like improving compressed air systems, applying renewable energy generators, improving energy efficiency performance through insulation, better automation on the factory line and supply voltage optimisation with advanced power controls.

If you want to explore more, why not check our Guides: Preventing Cold Bridging and Building Energy Efficient Storage Facility.

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