Posts Tagged ‘retrofit energy saving products’

Making Motors More Energy Efficient

February 17th, 2012

AC Induction Motors motors literally are everywhere! Almost every mechanical movement that you see around you is caused by an AC (alternating current) electric motor.

They are everywhere and used by everyone. However, they have a fundamental flaw – they often waste unnecessary amounts of energy. An incredible 50% of the world’s energy production is consumed by motors!

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Upgrading Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency Pays

August 20th, 2011

THE U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) claim that investing in building energy efficiency is central to the country reducing its energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, saving $1.2 trillion – showing it truly does pay to improve energy efficiency.

The conclusion comes from a study sponsored by USGBC on the benefits of green buildings, combined with other non-transportation initiatives. Apart from the substantial monetary savings, environmentally it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually.

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Will Compact Florescent Lamps and/or Florescent Fixtures Save the Day?

July 19th, 2010
Compact Florescent Lamp

Compact Florescent Lamp

IT is obvious to say the Compact Florescent replacement lamps (CFLs) can save energy and they will pay for themselves many times over by comparison to powering an incandescent bulb.

I personally use them in my home and office.  I am however not convinced that I am doing the right thing for the power system.

Consider an older home (or office); the electrical system (breakers, transformers, etc.) were engineered for mostly “traditional” linear loads.  An example of a linear load is a resistive load as in incandescent lights, AC Motors and electric heaters.

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Uni Flys to Energy Efficiency

June 2nd, 2010

Wright State UniversityIN Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A., the Wright State University, named after the local claimed inventors of powered flight the Wright brothers, have recently been making substantial energy savings.

Public bodies, such as Universities and Hospitals, are heavy users of energy and a few basic measures can save a substantial amount financially and environmentally.

Wright State have their own newspaper “The Guardian” which in part reported the following details:

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U.S. Making Energy Efficiency Sexy

February 3rd, 2010

President Obama encourages energy efficiencyI have just read the news about the latest initiative in the U.S. to encourage states to become more energy efficient and sooner than originally planned – this will help the environment but also the economy as it will lead to financial savings.

This should be great headline grabbing news but it is strange how often “spend, spend, spend” is regarded as sexy while being frugal and saving is regarded as nerdy or introverted.

Fortunately the U.S. is taking a lead in changing what is sexy as far as saving money through energy efficiency is concerned. They have just announced that President Obama’s administration has set up the SEE Action Network (State Energy Efficiency Action Network) to help states achieve maximum cost effective energy efficiency improvements.

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CFL Concerns Answered

October 13th, 2009

cfl_lampA great article has appeared in The Oklahoman newspaper, addressing some of the concerns regarding using energy saving CFL lights. Here is the article in full:

It is time to get the facts and the myths about compact fluorescent bulbs — CFLs — to address the concerns, questions and rumors that seem to be everywhere these days.

And because I often hear from readers complaining that the CFLs they buy never last very long, I tried to find out the best ways to use the bulbs so they reach the promised lifetimes their manufacturers claim. Consider the following:

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60% Energy Price Increase

October 9th, 2009
British utility price could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.
This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.
The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.
Ofgem report that, just in the UK, investment of over £200bn is needed in power-plants plus other energy infrastructures during the next 10-15 years to be able to avoid energy shortages and meet climate change targets. Consistencies of supply and energy security form two major concerns.
Many countries have to import energy, gas and electricity, meaning energy and gas supply is dependent on other government’s readiness and stability to keep the current flowing. This means that supply disruption across the world affects energy costs.
Ofgem’s report also highlighted that energy suppliers face a twofold challenge of renewing or replacing old power-stations, while also deal with increasing volatility in worldwide gas markets, hence they would likely be forced to raise bills to meet future supply demands and carbon goals.
We can have an impact on this right away by becoming more energy efficient. Energy efficiency reduces demand, easing the urgency for new power production plants, allowing more consistent supply while reducing green house gas emissions.
Energy efficient products and tools are also far cheaper than constructing more power-plants, also allowing retrofit of energy inefficient older buildings.
It is important that we start to use smart meters with visual displays to help us to see what we are doing, why we are doing it and what we are achieving.
In commerce and industry something more is needed, an advance meter like Enigin’s Eniscope which takes report energy data a step up from regular smart metering. The Eniscope allows very precise decision making, knowledge is power in this case. Decisions can be made by business owners based on what real-time and historical data. What to do and where energy efficiency steps can be made to reduce escalating energy bills.
If you can see what is going on then you can measure it and make accurate changes for the good. Commerce and industry can make solid financial decisions to help to increase or protect the bottom line and reach environmental targets.
It seems whatever we do energy prices will go up, but we can do something by becoming energy efficient and, although energy prices will rise, we will be able to lessen our energy costs, leading to a secure future energy-wise and a environmentally.

Smart MeteringBritish utility prices could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.

This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.

The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.

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