While some companies want to focus on increasing the efficiency of their production processes to get products to customers sooner, they may also want to look at boosting their energy efficiency. Incorporating energy management programs can help industrial facilities conserve energy and raise their level of productivity, according to a report by the SEE Action Network and the Institute for Industrial Productivity. As more companies aim to save energy, they could look into air filtration systems that will improve air flow within buildings to increase energy efficiency.
Amelie Goldberg, North America program manager at the Institute for Industrial Productivity, said industrial facilities and ratepayers can greatly reduce energy expenses through energy management programs.
"There's no question that industry's participation in energy-saving efforts is also helping eliminate or delay the need to build more expensive power generation, transmission and distribution capacity," Goldberg said in a statement. "In turn, this means the programs are facilitating efforts to cut the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. It's a win-win situation for all."
Energy-efficient buildings can save up to 35 percent more energy than standard buildings, according to the federally backed Energy Star program. There are more than 5,000 organizations that participate in the program, including the top 10 largest U.S. health care organizations, colleges and universities and major businesses like Ford and Pepsi Co.
How to establish an energy efficiency plan
Goldberg, who is also lead author of the report by the SEE Action Network and the Institute for Industrial Productivity, said companies need to start with an energy management plan to achieve high energy savings.
"Our research shows that the keys to success are making a sizeable commitment over a number of years, and ensuring there are strong strategic energy management programs in place in firms," Goldberg said. "The energy savings achieved warrant the effort – they go well beyond those made by individual firms as part of their own energy efficiency initiative."
Companies can take the recommended steps listed by Energy Star's website to boost their energy efficiency:
- Ensure you're dedicated to saving energy
- Determine your current energy performance and establish goals
- Develop an action plan to increase energy efficiency
- Enact the action plan to conserve energy and boost productivity
- Monitor your progress
- Celebrate your success
After going through the last few steps, companies should also reassess their progress to see how they can improve their energy efficiency. Companies could consider implementing tools like air filtration systems to optimize air flow and increase performance for heating and cooling systems.
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