Fifteen Tips to Help Your Plant Save Energy Now
October 7, 2005
ITP just released 15 new tip sheets that detail how industries can use BestPractices to save money, reduce waste, and operate more efficiently.
These tips support Save Energy Now, an aggressive national campaign to promote energy efficiency to industry in anticipation of tightening energy supply and rising costs due to infrastructure damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The tip sheets offer low- or no-cost ideas that can be readily implemented to help plants keep process energy systems—compressed air, motor process heating, pumps, and steam—running at peak efficiency. Each tip sheet explains the process, its benefits, and applications, and includes resources and suggested actions. These publications are available as fully formatted documents with graphics (Adobe PDF). Download Adobe Reader.
The latest tip sheets help you learn how your plant can save energy in these areas:
Motor driven equipment accounts for 64% of the electricity consumed by U.S. industry. Improvements to motor systems could yield dramatic energy and cost savings.
- Avoid Nuisance Tripping with Premium Efficiency Motors (PDF 241 KB)
- Eliminate Voltage Unbalance (Revised) (PDF 199 KB)
- Estimating Motor Efficiency in the Field (PDF 261 KB)
- Extend Your Motor's Operating Life (PDF 190 KB)
- The Importance of Motor Shaft Alignment (PDF 312 KB)
- Replace V-Belts with Cogged or Synchronous Belt Drives (Revised) (PDF 405 KB)
When to Purchase NEMA Premium Efficiency Motors (PDF 211 KB)
Process heating is used in nearly all manufacturing processes and accounts for nearly 17% of U.S. industrial energy use. Advanced technologies and practices offer significant savings opportunities.
- Check Heat Transfer Services (PDF 331 KB)
- Furnace Pressure Controllers (PDF 226 KB)
- Install Waste Heat Recovery Systems for Fuel-Fired Furnaces (PDF 281 KB)
- Oxygen-Enriched Combustion (PDF 250 KB)
Better pumping systems will pay off in terms of lower operating costs and greater efficiency.
- Conduct an In-Plant Pumping System Survey (PDF 217 KB)
- Maintain Pumping Systems Effectively (PDF 229 KB)
- Test for Pumping System Efficiency (PDF 247 KB)
More than 45% of the fuel burned by U.S. industry is used to produce steam. The whole system must be considered to optimize energy and cost savings.
- Use Steam Jet Ejectors or Thermocompressors to Reduce Venting of Low-Pressure Steam (PDF 283 KB)
Visit the BestPractices Web site for more resources, training, software tools, and technical expertise to help you achieve energy saving goals for your plant. Or contact DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Center at 877-337-3463.