Studies suggest the United States is at the top of the list when it comes to energy wastefulness, and at least a third of the problem can be attributed to industrial energy use. Your manufacturing plant may be a significant contributor to the problem, reducing your energy consumption doesn’t have to be quite as difficult as you think. What’s more, though, is that it may actually be beneficial for your company in the long run. It could make you far more competitive, and your green nature may even make you more attractive to customers. What can you do to keep a lid on your energy usage? There are two solid ways, but both of them start with a closer look at how you’re using energy right now.
Examining Your Own Energy Usage
Simply identifying what’s not working can often help you develop a prioritized list of energy savings opportunities. Luckily, that’s easier than ever these days. With the right technology and consultants, it’s fairly simple to look at how you’re currently using energy within your plant and where it’s being misspent. For example, when a piece of equipment is in need of a tune-up, it may use more energy than it should. Find the technology necessary to help you identify where your problems are occurring before you being to make the case for your highest priority projects. Make certain you focus in on a couple of data points. For example, you’ll never be able to tell where your peak energy demand is by looking at a monthly utility bill, but you certainly can if you find technology that offers you real-time visibility of energy usage. With that in hand, you can take a closer look at your peak demand numbers, and determine where energy spikes happen outside of those. You’ll also want to gain some visibility into weekend energy use (or whenever you have a schedule production shutdown) to ensure you are actually seeing substantial reductions in energy demands during those times.