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Energy Saving Tips
An installation of energy efficient lighting provides enough light to the related area and application whilst using the least energy possible.
Most buildings offer users some levels of savings opportunities. Depending on the light fittings in place for the application many buildings can offer huge savings by retrofitting old lights with new and more efficient fittings.
The first step in assessing your lights usage of power is by installing a BEMS (see BEMS section) or by carrying out an audit of your site.
Simple steps may help users reduce their consumption without any investment. In offices lighting can account for around 50% of the money spent on electricity. Turning off lights when they are not needed is an effective way of saving money. Simple management practices and audit procedures can provide a cost-effective way of improving your energy consumption ensuring that you only use the energy that you need to use.
Simple no-cost measures:
- Encourage people to turn off lights when they leave an area
- Make sure people can easily identify which switch controls his or her lights
- Ensure that lights are switched off when buildings are unoccupied
- Make the best use of daylight coming through your windows and roof lights
- Review lighting levels in different building areas to ensure it is adequate for the activity in the space e.g. corridors are often over lit
- Ensure all light fittings are cleaned every year
- Ensure all lights in store cupboards/plant rooms or other areas that are not normally occupied are switched off
Other relatively cost-effective measures:
- Look at any areas in your business where the lights have not been replaced for sometime – perhaps there is better more efficient option s that you can use when it comes time to replace the fittings
- Install Occupancy Sensors in rooms that are only used from time to time
- Light Trimmers can be used to automatically lower lighting levels optimising any natural light that may come into your business – this can have a significant effect on your lighting load
For more information please refer to our Energy 'affiliate section' for details on our commercial lighting partner – Airtricity Utility Solutions.
Motors and Drives are typically a major user of electricity and power in commercial and industrial installations. Motors are used in applications across most installations and are often overlooked for energy measures as they are considered essential pieces of equipment and must be left active for plants operational activities. There are some small low or no cost measure that users can adopt to minimise the usage of machinery in their industrial process.
- All machinery should have an operating schedule attached to it so operators know if and when it should be turned off
- Use an hour's run meter to measure how long equipment has been running and compare with the required hours of operation
- Reduce the operating time of motors whenever possible by improving control of motor driven loads and switch them off either manually or automatically when not required
- Have a schedule and procedure for motor maintenance and ensure staff promptly report faulty or noisy motors
- Have a plan for repairing failed motors, which compares long-term repair vs. replacement costs
- Match the right size motors to the right loads ensuring that they are typically on 75% loading. The 'loading' of a motor is the amount of work it does compared with its capability
- Always specify high efficiency motors and new equipment should be sourced from SEAI's Accelerated Capital Allowance list
Variable Speed Drive
A Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is a system that can control rotational speed and torque on an AC motor by adjusting the power supplied to the motor to match the load requirement. A small reduction in the power load can have significant benefits for the consumption of electricity on sites motor installations.
For more information on VSD's please see a note from our VSD affiliate on the Affiliates section (Insert Link). Or contact SSE Airtricity's Commercial Energy Efficiency Department on 01 655 6610 or via email to Brian.Connolly@airtricity.com
Industrial and commercial refrigeration systems are most efficient when the evaporator absorbs as much heat as possible (from the chilled space) and the condenser can release as much heat as possible (normally to outdoors) and the refrigerant flows efficiently between the two.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be located away from heat sources
- Keep condensers and evaporators clean and free of dust and dirt
- Check air flow around refrigeration units and remote compressors to ensure that they are not obstructed and that grilles are not blocked
- Check and maintain strip curtains on walk-in refrigerated spaces
- Ensure seals and gaskets are in good condition
- In larger refrigeration systems, check for bubbles in the refrigerant cooling liquid sight-glass as they indicate a leak that should be repaired
- Service refrigeration system and components, and calibrate controls yearly
- Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter
- Check that timer controls are correctly set and reflect occupancy hours
- Bleed radiators at the start of the heating season
- Check that heat emitters are unobstructed e.g. ensure radiators are not blocked by office furniture
- Set-back the temperature for corridors and areas that are not normally occupied
- Ensure heating and cooling ceiling mounted cassette units are not working against each other in the same space (heat up to 19 degC and cool at 24degC)
- Ensure cold/hotspots are reported to Maintenance so they can adjust settings
- Ensure boilers are serviced annually and controls are recalibrated
For more information on heating and cooling, please contact SSE Airtricity’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Department on 01 655 6610 or via email to Brian.Connolly@airtricity.com