I was talking with John, the operator at the ice storage plant. Was he ever glad he had this ice storage plant; it was going to save him a fortune! Then I said to him, “Excuse me, I must be missing something. It appears that there is no ice in the ice storage tank.”
Engineers should use theory – the physics and modeling of equipment and systems – to uncover the possibilities for higher efficiencies. But to achieve them in the real world takes constant energy monitoring, training, and incentives.
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.
If you want to save energy, you look at everything connected to the electric meter, the gas and water meters. You should also look at your lights as energy efficient, LED lighting can save your facility time, money and energy.