When a business owner determines it is time to go green, there are many benefits that may not be immediately evident. In all of the planning to turn a business green, what is often lost is the most basic premise for taking such action: to present an environmentally responsible business image that maximizes client interest.
Ensure Your Business is Energy-Efficient
During the planning of changes to make your business more energy-efficient, take inventory of those areas of the business that may be contributing to excess waste and higher costs.
Utilities such as heating, cooling and lighting may not be cost-effective. By monitoring things like industrial boiler efficiency, it is easier to know when utility costs are highest and how to adjust workflow and machinery accordingly.
Replacements and upgrades to utilities may have an initial cost but the energy saved over time more than makes these replacements and upgrades beneficial investments.
One way to ensure your industrial HVAC system is energy-efficient is to have the system inspected and audited by a professional. If the HVAC system is not operating at its original manufacturer's efficiency specifications, a replacement may be required.
Regular Maintenance Adds Energy Efficiency
Regularly operated industrial mechanical systems require regular maintenance and, in some cases, calibration.
While it may not seem apparent, meters, monitoring devices and mechanical systems malfunction from age and use over time. This reduces the efficiency of the industrial equipment that is accurately metered and monitored. Schedule an annual energy audit to determine the actual status of energy efficiency.
A Green Industrial Facility
Industrial plants and facilities are realizing the savings of upgrading to a green industrial environment. Plant managers and supervisors know that by making necessary changes to their industrial operations, they reduce dependency on higher-cost fuels and raw materials for production.
For example, many industrial facilities need an energy audit to help them determine where energy efficiency is inadequate for a comprehensive green facility.
There may be a need for an upgrade to ductwork, insulation or changes to wind or solar power for their mechanical systems that require electrical or traditional fuel to power industrial machinery.
Today's industrial plants can replace less energy-efficient condensers and equipment that require higher levels of water use with state-of-the-art (SOTA) preheaters and hot water heaters that conserve water through multi-stage recycling and filtering.
It is also important for facility and plant managers to maintain up-to-date information on changes to federal, state and local regulatory compliance.
The larger an industrial facility may be, the greater need there is to evaluate the cost of operations whether they are 24/7 or less frequent. Through an energy audit, it is possible to reduce costs and present a green business image based on hi-tech energy efficiency operatives.
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