Improve your business efficiency
When it comes to efficiency, small changes can make a big difference. Some options that may be applicable to your business are detailed below.
Demand Response/Network Support
Demand Response (DR) or Network Support is typically considered to be large block loads of dispatchable energy via generation or energy that can be shifted outside of peak demand times or called off for short periods.
Building Management Systems (BMS) and Demand Management Systems (DMS)
Building Management Systems (BMS), also known as Demand Management Systems (DMS) or Building Automation Systems, are computer-based control systems that monitor the building’s electrical and mechanical equipment. Installing or upgrading a BMS/DMS can help improve efficiency of equipment like heating, ventilation, fire alarms and security systems.
Hot water and steam
Hot water systems, boilers, process heating equipment and steam systems can be replaced or upgraded to new technologies to improve efficiency. You might consider reviewing your system design or adding this equipment to an integrated Building Management System (BMS), which can monitor energy use across all the major equipment in your building.
HVAC - Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment consumes a large amount of energy. To improve efficiency, consider upgrading or replacing equipment with smarter alternatives, such as PeakSmart air-conditioning. Or add these systems to an integrated Building Management System (BMS), which can monitor energy use across all the major equipment in your building.
Lifts and elevators
Lifts or elevators are another potential site for energy efficiency measures. Inefficient lifts draw larger amounts of energy themselves, but also create heat, impacting the building’s HVAC systems. Consider upgrading motors and hydraulics, making smarter lighting choices, or adding elevators to an integrated Building Management System that monitors all your building’s electrical appliances.
By upgrading or replacing your existing lighting with more energy efficient lighting you can start saving straight away. There are a number of different lighting options available for commercial buildings and warehouses to reduce maximum electricity demand. The most popular upgrades are replacing old light bulbs and fittings with newer, energy saving options such as Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).
Upgrading or replacing existing motors in your business-related machinery with more energy efficient motors can greatly reduce electrical demand. If possible, running motors at different times can also assist in reducing demand at a worksite.
Power factor correction
Power Factor Correction (PFC) equipment is available to reduce the amount of power your business draws from the network at your peak demand time. Learn more about PFC equipment.
In some industries, refrigeration is a major contributor to energy demand. You may consider replacing old units, upgrading insulation, or retrofitting seals, doors, compressors and compressor management equipment to increase efficiency.