Reducing energy consumption is now widely seen as being good for business, as well as good for the environment. However, businesses typically do not have the information they need to make informed decisions about their organisations energy use. By monitoring power usage, we can prove the benefits of efficiency improvements with energy consumption tests.
Energy monitoring can also identity and explain excessive energy use, detect instances when consumption is higher or lower than expected and measure harmonic distortion.
Energy Efficient Lighting
The replacement of existing, aging light fittings with more modern alternatives provide the following benefits:
1) Lower energy consumption, resulting in reduced running costs
2) Extended lamp/fitting life, resulting in reduced maintenance costs.
Possible solutions include the installation of Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or T5 Linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs) which can use 75 to 80 percent less electricity than equivalent traditional lamps while being faster to light up and emitting good quality light. Alternatively, LEDs can offer an even longer lasting, lower wattage solution.
Lighting controls provide even further energy savings through the use of time clocks, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors and dimming controls to ensure lighting is only energised when required.
Frequency Inverters are used for mechanical equipment powered by motors. These provide precise motor control with the benefit of allowing motor speeds to be ramped up and down, maintaining only the speed required. This results in much smarter energy consumption. If motor speeds can be reduced by as little as 10% a 30% power reduction can be achieved, therefore reducing the cost of running the machinery.