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Pro-Tips For Increased Energy Efficiency

Pro-Tips For Increased Energy Efficiency

Reducing energy usage is the holy grail of office managers around the world. With a few changes to your operation, the right supplier, and a little self-awareness, you can cut your energy costs and transform your operation from the ground up.

With that said, hat are some real ways to bring down energy expenditure in your home or business? Join Sunwave Gas and Power, today, as we break down six solid tips for reining in your energy usage for lower utility bills and a better carbon footprint, overall.

Checking Compressed Air Systems For Potential Leaks

Leaks are one of the biggest sources of wasted energy around and have been since the days of rock huts and thatched roofs. Any closed system that lets energy out slowly over minutes, hours, or days is losing the energy that you’ll need to stay warm or cool. As annoying as that is, it also means you’re losing the money you use to pay for these utilities.

Correcting these leaks can help to bring about immediate savings. Reports show leaks often lead up to a 30% loss of overall compressor output. To combat this, there are various ways to figure out if you have a leak in your system. Conduct an air leak survey. Rent out a set of ultrasonic detection equipment. 

Leaks can spring up as a result of missing seals, loose tubes and hoses. Depending on the root cause of the issue, rectifying your leaks could be very simple or extremely time-consuming. This is what makes a full examination of your system so important - the more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to tackle any problem.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Maintaining your equipment is just one part of the entire process. Sometimes you’re just going to have to accept when your current setup has seen out its lifespan and it’s time for a little retro-commissioning. Specifically, replacing your outdated or inefficient equipment.

A lot of the time, we’re just not ready for this kind of commitment. A new HVAC system may be out of the question and a replacement compressed air unit doesn’t always go as well as we’d like. That said, the savings you’ll bring in from upgrading your equipment can and often does add up. 

Energy-Efficient Lighting

Whether in your home or on an industrial manufacturing facility, adequate lighting is always important. In any case, energy-efficient lighting takes center stage. When installed correctly, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) can help reduce your overall energy consumption. It’s part of what’s made these such a popular option on job sites and in homes around the world.

Computer Usage

In the average home or modern office, there’s no shortage of electrical appliances being used every day. With every piece of tech running on electricity, it can be easy to overlook how much impact they have on your energy consumption. Before long, these numbers add up to something much more severe. This is why it’s important to turn off appliances that don’t need to be on once you’re finished with them. 

Sleep mode doesn’t equal “power off” as many people think. Sleep mode continues to use energy as the computer lies dormant. But less energy is still some energy, and it is recommended to take the extra few seconds to completely shut down your computer.

Improved Heating

The process of heating your home or office is important in managing the working environment and maintaining comfort. Temperature control is responsible for more than a third of most facilities’ energy usage. This is a great place to start cutting costs. 

As a manufacturer, you can save energy by installing some version of a waste heat recovery system. Alternative fuels have come a long way in recent years, producing better energy results for less consumed. Consider installing a set of automatic blowdown controls. Have a professional come out to look over your exhaust gases. 

Any measures you can take to improve your heating can make a big difference so make sure to look into it as soon as possible.

Consumption Periods

One of the best tools in the toolbelt of property managers trying to cut back on their energy consumption is just paying attention to times of the day when processes use the most energy. After all, the more you know, the better you can behave. 

Are there any real ways you could change your behavior during specific times of the day? At the end of the day, your electricity usage is just that - a measurement of how much electricity you’re actually using. The overall rate you’ll be responsible for, as a result, will vary based on when you consume energy and how much you consume. This allows companies to react strategically to their own energy consumption, adjusting their hours of operation to avoid peak periods.

As a general note, these peak periods tend to occur in the late afternoon and early evening.

Reducing Energy Usage

Are you ready to completely change your approach to gas and power usage in your home or business? Why not start with your supplier? 

Sunwave Gas and Power provides a range of easy-to-understand plans that put the power purchasing process back in the hands of the consumer. If reducing energy usage is a question of knowing where and how you’re using energy, taking control of your energy like this is a solid first step. Get in touch with us, today, to find out more about our full range of services.

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