Small Steps to Energy Savings

10:00AM - 6:00PM

There is a tendency to focus on capital projects to obtain energy savings, but there are also many smaller actions to take that also contribute. These are the type of actions that can be implemented on expense budgets rather than executing a capital project. Many can be implemented incrementally during regular system maintenance. While individually these practices will have little impact on the utility bills, collectively implementing best practices will make a contribution to site energy reduction goals. These steps include the following: Drives: cogged v-belts; high efficiency replacement motors Compressed air: no-loss condensate drains; pressure reduction; leak repair; high efficiency nozzles; Steam/hot water: boiler tune-ups; insulation; steam trap maintenance; HVAC: furnace and air conditioning tune-ups; low pressure drop air filters Lighting: upgrade to LED upon bulb replacement; occupancy sensors Other: optimize HVAC and Lighting control schedules; choose high efficiency equipment when purchasing (examples- AC with economizers and higher EER, VSD or VD air compressor, high frequency forklift battery chargers)