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5 energy-saving tips for businesses

We’re all aware of how important it is to save energy, no matter what business we’re in. But although the priority is to protect the environment, reducing your energy usage will make your process more efficient while cutting your costs significantly. There are plenty of ways you could be enhancing your company’s bottom line, and here we’ll look at five of them. Do remember that the Carbon Trust offers financial assistance to businesses looking to put energy-saving measures in place.

Efficient electric motors

Of the total energy usage worldwide, no piece of equipment consumes more than the electric motor. Fans, pumps, conveyors and air conditioners are just a few of the devices powered by electric motors, so it’s the first area you should look at for energy savings. Compulsory energy-efficiency ratings have been applied to all electric motors sold in the EU, with new legislation due to be introduced from 1 January 2015. But rather than order a motor with the bare minimum rating in order to scrape through legislation, why not invest in the most efficient model possible? Increasing energy costs mean that payback is achievable with a matter of months.

Variable-speed drives

In applications where load demand varies, an electric motor alone will do the job but be highly inefficient because much of the time it will be working far harder than it needs to. However, by coupling the motor with a variable-speed drive, the user gains precision control over the application, which significantly lowers energy consumption whilst reducing wear and tear. Even a slight reduction in speed can produce substantial energy savings, so VSDs offer an impressive return on investment.

Heating and cooling efficiency

Heating and cooling a building commonly accounts for up to 40% of overall energy consumption. Installing a modern, energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system should mean you’ll recoup your initial outlay through energy savings within as little as two years.

Increased automation

Are your processes fully automated? It’s estimated that 80% of potential factory savings are available via increased or improved automation. Introducing new automation systems or optimising existing ones should enhance productivity, reduce downtime and lower maintenance costs – all the while increasing energy efficiency.

Monitoring

Observing the performance of your equipment with energy-monitoring equipment and software enables you to identify areas for potential savings and make changes accordingly. This could be anything from altering a process to ordering new equipment. For isolated sites where regular visits aren’t feasible, remote monitoring devices send information including energy consumption data back to the user.

Here at Gibbons we’re committed to helping our customers save money on their application. Not only do we stock an extensive range of energy-efficient products, but we offer comprehensive energy appraisals carried out by our expert engineers. For more information, call 01621 868138 or email info@gibbonsgroup.co.uk

HVAC Services, Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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