Innovative Energy Consultancy Ltd
Innovative Energy Consultancy Ltd

Energy Efficient Manufacturing – 5 Simple Steps

All manufacturers want to improve energy efficiency to reduce costs, and carbon emissions to protect the environment.

Whilst the issue can be complex and varies from business to business, there are some very simple steps which are pertinent to all manufacturing businesses – and it’s helpful to review them from time to time to make sure they’re in place in your plant.

Step 1: Conduct an energy audit

The first step to running an energy-efficient manufacturing plant is to conduct an energy audit. An energy audit involves analysing the energy consumption of the plant and identifying areas where energy is being wasted. This audit will provide insight into which areas of the plant require improvement in terms of energy efficiency. Once the audit is completed, a list of recommendations should be created, which will serve as a roadmap for future energy efficiency initiatives. Find out more about our business energy audit service.

Step 2: Improve lighting

One of the easiest ways to improve energy efficiency is by upgrading the lighting system. Replacing outdated, inefficient light fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs can reduce energy consumption significantly. Additionally, installing motion sensors and timers can help reduce energy consumption by turning off lights in areas that are not in use.

Step 3: Upgrade equipment

Another way to improve energy efficiency is by upgrading equipment to more energy-efficient models. Older equipment tends to be less energy-efficient than newer models, so investing in newer equipment can significantly reduce energy consumption.

Step 4: Optimise Processes

Optimising manufacturing processes can help reduce energy consumption. This involves analysing production processes and identifying areas where energy is being wasted – look for easy-wins and encourage all relevant staff to play their part.

Step 5: Employee education

Finally, employee education is crucial to running an energy-efficient manufacturing plant. Educate employees about energy conservation and encourage them to take steps to reduce energy consumption. This can include simple steps such as turning off equipment when not in use, minimising idle time, and reporting any energy waste they notice.

In conclusion, running an energy-efficient manufacturing plant requires a combination of strategies. Conducting an energy audit, improving lighting, upgrading equipment, optimising processes, and educating employees can all contribute to energy conservation and cost savings. By implementing these steps, manufacturing plants can reduce their environmental impact while improving their bottom line.

We work with a number of major manufacturers, particularly in the food industry, where energy costs are high due to factors such as refrigeration, heating and cooking and packaging.

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