When rising energy costs threatened to close a local ice rink, a waste heat recycling system was designed that paid back in 24 months while extending equipment life and saving millions of gallons of water.
What do skyscrapers and schools have in common when it comes to energy management? Not as much as some people think. The differences might offer you some insight into variations among industrial facilities.
Be wary of claims that you can compare energy consumption of one facility to another, or even learn much from a standard audit. Instead, use detailed, real-time energy monitoring to discover your plant’s own fingerprint.
When you’re the expert and you know more than anyone else in the room, you may suddenly find yourself outnumbered. That’s a good time to remember solid engineering principles like “heat in equals heat out,” and stick to them.
Bill Holmes goal has been to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and finite resources. But he can’t deny the laws of physics and you can’t be casual about assumptions, and renewable energy advocates have done both.