I’ve already upgraded my lighting. What should my next energy project focus on?

Lighting upgrades are a simple, and easy way to save energy, and money. This is why they often lead the retrofit list in energy improvement projects. But what if you’ve already upgraded the lighting in your facility? You’d like to take the next step to decreasing your energy consumption, and want to continue saving money each month to increase your bottom line. Energy upgrades do not stop at lighting. Don’t know where to begin for your next energy project focus? Whether you own a small business, manage an industrial plant or manage property, unique energy improvements exist in your specific industry to take you to the next level.

 A Backup Generator Shouldn’t Back up Your Finances

Universities and schools are knowledge centers where students are continually learning and developing their skills for the future. Strict and tough curriculum means there’s no room for downtime. While larger facility buildings have backup generators to keep systems operational in the event of a power outage, in order for these to work, the generator must be kept warm so it can start instantaneously when needed. To keep the generator warm, an electric heater of 6000 or 9000 watts may be used. Instead of using electric heat, a much more efficient option is to install a heat pump.  Your generator will still kick in, in the event you need it, and you’ll experience significant savings to the site.

Modernizing Dated Buildings

Preserving historic and older buildings can be a challenge and labor of love.  Out of date fixtures and technology often makes operating costs financially demanding. By replacing aging boilers with condensing boiler technology, and installing control systems to monitor and manage heating and cooling from a central location, not only will your properties be much more comfortable, these solutions will also deliver substantial energy savings to decrease overall operating costs and increase revenue.

Upgrading a Waste Water Facility

Dissolved Oxygen (DO) blower systems are an important component to waste water treatment facilities. All waste water plants need to provide oxygen to the bugs that help breakdown the waste. DO blowers are not only one of the loudest pieces of equipment, they require massive amounts of power and energy to operate. How is it done? Upgrade a DO blower with an advanced blower that has VFD (variable frequency drive) technology to help cut down on overall energy consumption in the plant. Not only will you see the benefit in monthly savings on energy bills, the new equipment is much quieter. So quiet, you could have a conversation right next to the blower!

Opportunities in Manufacturing

For many manufacturing and warehousing facilities, energy costs are among the biggest line items on their profit and loss statements. Time is money and its important energy improvement projects are implemented with little to no impact on production. Beyond lighting upgrades in a factory setting, replacing air handler units and standard efficiency motors with VFD (variable frequency drives) and VFD rated premium efficiency motors, along with replacing electric duct heaters with hot water coils, can yield huge benefits for lowering the business bottom line and cutting operating expenses.

What will your next energy improvement project involve? Where can you continue to drive down operating costs? Share your story in the comments.


About the author

Michael Pace
Michael Pace

Mike Pace has been involved in energy efficiency for 18+ years. Mike has served in various engineering, sales, and management roles at Horizon Solutions. Prior to his career at Horizon Solutions, Mike worked for National Grid as a Lead Energy Engineer for their Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs. He worked on new program development, technical support to field staff, and regulatory support for their evaluation department. Mike has also worked for BJ’s Wholesale Club as their Corporate Energy Engineer.