By Werner Rauer, Michael Camber, and Wayne Perry
The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.
A related goal is protecting the environment and focusing on sustainable development. Some industries are under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, and many companies are proactively taking steps to do.
With manufacturing plants and other facilities doing what they can to streamline their operations and improve efficiencies, part of that challenge is for facility engineers to optimize the energy efficiency of their operations and extract as much productivity out of every unit of energy paid for and consumed.