Plant or facility managers are often faced with the question, "Where does all energy go?" The truth is everything is tied together so energy is everywhere, not just in the lights. Energy is being wasted in the compressed air lines, hot water boilers, heaters, chillers, hot water pipes; you name it. Even though turning off the lights after work hours may help, it is most likely not your facility’s largest source of waste. The key to success as an energy manager is to effectively identify those losses, methodically reduce them, and document the savings. While the reduction in energy consumption is important, let's keep in mind that there is energy streamlining and imprudent energy reduction - any change that affects productivity or line reliability is not a good bet. So it's time to be overhauled.
The typical first step in streamlining your facility is to analyze the energy usage from information gathered in previous years. "What's there to see in yesterday's data?" you may ask. The answer comes in the form of a regression analysis. From a regression analysis, your facility's dependence on weather, production, and a few other variables can be extrapolated. This will give us a good direction to where your energy leaks may be. From there, we can determine the next steps to streamlining your energy usage. It can be anything from insulating or re-insulating your process piping to reduce heat loss, or changing in the operation of a certain piece of equipment to installing a co-generation system to simultaneously satisfy both heating and energy production needs.
The bulk of energy savings often comes in the form of reducing plant-wide waste through streamlining production processes. Amicus has the experience to talk your language when it comes to your production processes. After all, the plant floor is your facility’s lifeblood, output cannot be reduced, or man hours increased by a misguided energy conservation effort.
Often energy consultants neglect the importance of educating employees regarding energy conservation at the work place. Things like turning off the computer at the end of the work day, turning off the lights, or shutting the compressed air to inactive lines are left to an employee's habit since the effort is thought to outweigh the savings.
While the savings may be trivial at first glace, the idea behind employee education isn't to save on immediate energy usage. Energy education helps make employees into "Energy Smarter" people allowing them to spot energy inefficiencies on a daily basis. It's like the old saying, "Give a person a fish, you've fed them for a day. Teach a person to fish; you've fed them for life." Pretty soon you've got dozens of sets of eyes looking for energy waste and helping you toward your goal.
Amicus Energy Solutions aims at providing the whole energy conservation package. By offering you the opportunity to incorporate an employee energy conservation initiative to our plant energy analysis service, we help keep your plant efficient for life. Best of all, your employee energy conservation initiative will be customized for your facility so you won't feel like you're getting other people's solution.
Amicus Energy offers all these services and more at very cost effective rates. Above all, you can be certain that Amicus Energy Solutions will be there with you every step of the way.
Here's a brief list of our Industrial Energy Conservation services:
• Identify energy savings opportunities by performing preliminary, feasibility, and investment grade energy audits.
• Computer simulation of buildings and mechanical systems in order to confirm equipment sizing, predict operational energy costs and quantify savings from energy conservation measures.
• As members of your project team, develop recommendations to maximize energy efficiency for new or ongoing projects without impacting the ultimate delivery mechanism.
• We are experts in all state and utility sponsored incentive programs for commercial and industrial facilities and can help you identify the programs that are best for your project. We have extensive experience with New York State’s Energy Smart Programs and New Jersey’s SmartStart Building’s programs.
• Project management services for energy projects. We can also implement projects on a performance contract basis allowing you to capitalize on aggressive rebate programs like NYSERDA’s Commercial and Industrial Performance Program (CIPP).
• Assist in supply side energy negotiations and procurement for electricity, natural gas and oil