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#9. Energy audit finds $20,000 in energy savings at a cost of a 30 ft pipe.

A perfectly efficient machines can still waste lots of primary or secondary utilities. A complex utility audit routinely uncovers how water, heat or 'cooling' can be reused. Hot water reuse at poultry slaughter house Two industrial poultry processing procedures were set in adjacent production space - vacuum pump and scalding. [...]

#6. 6 beliefs about energy efficiency busted by energy audits

We often hear: "Our plant runs at top energy efficiency because we use these procedures and settings and our efficient equipment is fully operational." Just how often is this true? With all due respect to maintenance and operational staff, recommendations of a proper energy audit are based on direct observation of operations and lots [...]

#5. How to reduce energy cost when CAPEX is limited

A lot of energy costs can be saved at manufacturing plant without CAPEX.

#3. The 4 reasons energy audit is valuable to your business

In previous post of the "Energy Audit Series" we talked about What makes energy audit free and How is energy inefficiency alike health issues. In this post we will dive a bit deeper into how energy audit creates value to companies. I said it before and will say it again: Energy audit by itself [...]

How does energy waste look like in industrial refrigeration?

We continue industrial refrigeration optimization project aimed at energy consumption reduction without compromise of refrigeration capacity. At first stage we study the system. Study through direct observation and through analysis of directly measured energy consumption data on all parts of the refrigeration system - from compressors to condenser fans and pumps. This data in combination [...]

What makes energy efficiency projects fail?

We all agree that Energy Management is important, even C-levels agree. Still too often it's not done. Why is that? This 2003 article - Overcoming Barriers to Effective Energy Management in Industrial Settings - names several barriers which I list below with my comments : Lack of Organizational Commitment If senior management is not committed to [...]

Energy savings generate 20x more profit than sales

Energy savings are small and unimpactful ...  except  they go directly to profit. How much a company has to produce, sell and ship to make the same profit? With a typical profit margin in manufacturing hovering around 5%, to generate $100K profit a company must sell $100K/5%=$2 mln worth of product. It's 2 weeks of work [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 3: 3M’s 3 pillars of energy management

In this post we shall continue describing how 3M has achieved outstanding energy cost reduction results. These publication has resulted from interview with Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada. This post follows previous publications: Part 1: How does 3M take big energy decisions Part 2: Energy standards increase savings Being a leader [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 2: Energy standards increase savings

In this post we continue describing how 3M has achieved outstanding energy cost reduction results. These publication has resulted from interview with Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada. This post follows the previous publication: Part 1: How does 3M take big energy decisions 3M adheres to best practices to increase energy [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 1: Big energy decisions

3M is recognised as a world leader in energy efficiency, hands down. Since 2008, the company has reduced energy use by 32%. This result by far exceeds the 20% reduction goal, aspired by many companies. How does 3M work with energy? What can other companies learn from their experience? I brought these questions to [...]