Energy efficiency saves dollars and makes sense

October is National Energy Awareness Month – and October 6th is Energy Efficiency Day!

At Energy Sciences, we’re pretty excited about Energy Awareness Month and Energy Efficiency Day. After all, helping businesses, industry, institutions, and government get the most out of their energy use is what we do! We know from years of experience that pursuing energy efficiency is a straightforward and successful way to improve performance, save money, and help the environment.

Here’s something else we know from experience that you may not have considered: energy efficiency is as much about improving functionality and reducing operating costs as it is about using less energy to help the environment. Like the title says, “Energy efficiency saves dollars and makes sense.”

Here are some short stories from our energy efficiency experiences, in some cases finding significant savings where you may not expect it:

ES works with many companies – manufacturers, food services, breweries, and dry cleaners – using process steam systems. The steam traps on these systems can fail, often without notice; this adds stress to the system and increases costs. Using special equipment, we identify the failed traps and work with the DTE Find & Fix Gas Program to help companies get their systems running efficiently – usually at no cost!

One dry cleaner we worked with replaced 11 failed steam traps at no cost through the DTE Find & Fix Gas Program; they are now using around 4,200 ccf less natural gas per year. That’s energy efficiency and about $2,500 in annual savings. We also worked with a company that replaced 31 failed steam traps and had their steam trap replacement costs offset by the DTE Find & Fix Gas Program. In their case, they are now using around 30,000 ccf less natural gas per year. That’s a whopping estimated annual savings of about $19,000!

Compressed air systems are common in many manufacturing facilities, and compressed air systems develop leaks. On average, compressed air leaks reduce system capacity by 20%. With the DTE Find & Fix Compressed Air Program, Energy Sciences identifies the leaks and helps companies get them repaired. We have seen energy efficiency kilowatt-hour (kWh) savings ranging from 1,000 kWh at smaller facilities to over 70,000 kWh, even as high as 200,000 kWh for larger manufacturers.

For manufacturers, the increased system capacity and improved functionality are often the most valuable return from improving the energy efficiency of a compressed air system. In terms of benefits to the budget, we have seen yearly energy cost savings range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands depending on the size of the system.

Office buildings and schools often realize some pretty impressive savings and functionality improvements when we work with them to implement energy efficiency measures. The ES team recently worked with a school system, applying energy efficiency measures to multiple buildings. After completing this school buildings project, our calculations showed that the school system will be saving close to $50,000 annually, while their facilities are more comfortable and functional. Check out this interesting article about energy efficiency and schools: (Energy Efficiency and Schools).

Energy Sciences just completed an energy efficiency project at a substantial office building. The building owners were so impressed with the process and the savings that they made a video about it. A link to this video was in our last newsletter, but we’ll include it again here (link to video) in case you missed it.

Municipalities can also realize significant benefits from pursuing energy efficiency; government and public buildings are great candidates for locating and realizing energy savings. We’ve worked with many municipalities over the years. We helped one municipality acquire over $200,000 in grants and rebates to fund a project that reduced their electricity usage by over 30%, natural gas usage by over 15%, and produced annual savings of over $60,000. If you are with a municipality and want to know if we can help you, click here.

Our pursuit of energy efficiency and its effect on CO2 in the environment:

Since inception Energy Sciences has

helped to eliminate more than

376,528,090

pounds CO2 from entering the environment

That’s carbon emissions equivalent to:

  • 401,691,720 passenger vehicle driven for one year

  • 21,781,262,550 smartphones being charged (that’s over 21 billion!)

  • 223,040 acres of U.S. forests sequestering carbon for in one year

  • 19,710 homes’ energy use for one year

  • 7,267,050 trash bags of waste recycled instead of going to a landfill

Improving comfort, preserving the environment, while saving our clients millions of dollars.

If Energy Awareness Month gets you wondering,  “Can my business, institution, or government organization benefit from an energy efficiency project?” Drop us a line or give us a call. We’ll get things going to improve functionality, save money, and save energy for you, your facilities, and the planet before another Energy Efficiency Day goes by!