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Start An Energy Program

September 1st, 2010 by Steve Hill Leave a reply »

meterMany people wonder how to start an energy program, they often look at their utility bill and try to work out where they can save money, but you need more than just a gut reaction.

When establishing a good energy program, there are several items that we like to “do” that makes us feel good, but lets consider the real goal here.

Here are a couple of hints to help you get started.

  1. While the utility bill is often used as one of the metrics, it does not reflect all of the savings that can take place. Do not ignore the wider impact on raw materials, labor, time, and other inputs.
  2. Problem: Placing energy bills in the hands of people who never see how energy is used, while equipment operators never see the bills for the energy they use. Solution: Make everyone aware of the direct impact that their direct decisions will have on the energy burden.
  3. Do not believe that energy prices are the sole determinant of energy expenses. Do not get caught up in the emotionalism that confuses “efficiency” with “environmentalism.” Take real steps toward saving energy.
  4. Relying on technology and equipment alone to improve energy performance, without recognizing the role of behavioral and procedural change. Each can have a significant impact on energy savings.
  5. Follow a day-to-day comprehensive energy plan. See first the big picture then initiate each improvement contained within the plan. Stay on course!
  6. Lastly, admitting that energy waste exists. This is often a failure of Management to implement and to put systems in place. Do not hold individuals (equipment operators) responsible for waste that is really attributable to management system failures.

There are other systems, such as an advance metering system (such as Enigin’s Eniscope) that allows you to analyse your energy use with real-time and historical data, which is certainly a major advantage, but to get you started use the methods suggested above; anyway these practices are important however much data you have.

Now go do the right things…

Ken Cheyne

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