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Green manufacturing: quick energy wins

When you use less energy, the savings will come from reduced kWh consumption and peak demand charges.


March 29, 2011
by Brett Wills

When you use less energy, the savings will come from reduced kWh consumption and peak demand charges. Here are some wins for reducing peak electricity demand that can be achieved today, quickly, and with little or no investment.

  • Put equipment such as forklift chargers and curing ovens on timers to run afterhours.
  • Stagger equipment start-ups. Larger motors and electronic equipment tend to consume a lot of energy when they’re switched on.
  • Run pieces of equipment at different times throughout the day so they’re not all used simultaneously.
  • If it’s not in use, turn it off.

Of course, there’s plenty of other low-hanging fruit unique to each company. Front-line employees will identify them if asked.

Brett Wills is the director of the Green Enterprise Movement and a senior consultant with High Performance Solutions in Cambridge, Ont.

E-mail bwills@hpsinc.ca.