If you’re spending much on energy, monitoring and managing it will provide rapid and lasting returns. But here’s how I learned the hard way that’s true only if you have – and keep – the support of top-level management.
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.
You want to think you can enlist operators and office-dwellers to help save energy, but here’s why, as wonderful as it sounds in theory for everyone to do their part to save the world, in practice that doesn’t really work very well.
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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.