Frequently Asked Questions
All the stuff you wanted to know about Industrial & Commercial Energy.
Can production costs be lowered by decreasing energy use?
Yes, by lowering energy use in many places, including office spaces, energy costs can be reduced by 15% to 40%. Have an Energy Audit done to discover the places where energy savings can be realized. Project costs vary from just using your own labor, to purchasing more efficient equipment.
Can money be saved by having an energy audit done?
An Energy Audit is the most effective method to discover where energy can be saved, what the payback period is, and the benefit of reducing your carbon footprint, or reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. There are 3 basic forms of an Energy Audit. Please contact our office to determine which audit is best for your needs. Additionally, the Energy Audit may qualify as a grant opportunity from various government agencies. Contact our office to see if you qualify for a free Energy Audit.
Can my boiler efficiency be improved?
Yes, the old thought of 85% maximum boiler efficiency is no longer correct. Just like our cars have improved their efficiency through better control technology, boilers can be retrofitted to use similar technology to improve boiler efficiency by up to 10%. Plus, are you sure your old boiler is operating at 85% efficiency? An Energy Audit will determine what your actual efficiency boiler has been. Most changes have a payback period of 18 months or less. Contact our office to review your boiler operation and its actual efficiency so you can start saving money soon.
Can my lighting improve and reduce costs?
An Energy Audit will determine not only your energy loss and savings that result but will evaluate the lighting quality. The Energy Audit will also provide the available utility rebates. The payback period for lighting changes is often around 6 months. Saving money and improve working conditions. What a great combination.
Does reducing energy use have a real cost saving benefit?
Using energy more effectively will produce immediate costs savings that provide a long-term savings over the life of the facility. But, there are additional benefits to saving energy. Most energy saving efforts will reduce maintenance costs, improve the work environment and create a safer work environment.
Will replacing my HVAC system have a fast payback?
Depending upon the age of your HVAC equipment and use, a change in the HVAC system will save enough energy to pay for itself in 2 years or less. HVAC technology has improved greatly over the last 5 years. Combine newer HVAC systems with heat recovery systems to see an even shorter payback period, all while improving the work environment. An Energy Audit will able determine the best system and payback period.
What is the payback for reducing my energy use?
The payback period varies. The largest majority if the changes recommended from the Energy Audit will have a payback period of less than 24 months. Rarely, a recommendation will be made that has a longer payback period, 3-6 years, that will have other intangible benefits, like dramatic environmental impact that affects the community, lower maintenance costs while improving reliability.
Can reducing energy use make my company more competitive?
How much have your product costs is energy consumption? If energy costs is 15% of your item costs, then by reducing your energy use by 20% will mean your product cost is reduced by 3%. A reduction of energy consumption will have a positive impact of the company’s bottom line. Making the company more competitive in the global marketplace. These saving are realized year after year. An Energy Audit will demonstrate the direct and indirect production cost reduction.
Is there a financial benefit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is all over the media. It can be difficult to find the correlation between GHG emission reduction and the cost benefit. Most of the energy saving suggestions recommended by R2 Energy Solutions will reduce fuel, oil or gas, consumption for your boiler(s). This will have a direct impact on saving money, but also an impact on GHG reduction. Other system changes, like HVAC or lighting, will reduce the facility’s electrical consumption. This too, has an indirect impact on GHG reduction by decreasing electrical demand from the utility.
Can my company be environmental conscience and still reduce operating costs?
The media relations benefit of saving money through energy use reduction is by lowering emissions from your boilers and lowering electrical use throughout the plant. As the Energy Audit will show, this will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint and GHG reduction. These numbers can be shared with local media sources to demonstrate how the facility is having a positive impact on the community and doing its part to improve its impact on the environment.
What would the energy savings be if the company reduced energy use by 15%?
Even a small reduction in energy use, like 15%, will reduce the money spent with the utility. Minor changes to the facility’s use of energy combined with utility rebates can have a payback of 6 months with little to no capital expenditure needed. In fact, the Energy Audit can prioritize the energy savings that can be realized by your budget structure. Some changes can be initiated immediately with little expenditure, then others can be phased in as your capital budget allows.
How much greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction would the company have if energy use was reduced by 10%?
The method for determining this number is to do a Level II Energy Audit. This audit will recommend changes, new equipment, and equipment modifications that will reduce energy use. The GHG reduction will be provided in the Energy Audit report that will illustrate the decreased GHG tonnage from the various methods of energy use reduction.
What is the long-term benefit by reducing energy use by 15%?
There are many positive short and long-term benefits from reducing your energy use. Most of the long-term benefits are derived from newer equipment that is installed. The newer equipment usually will require less maintenance, and in some cases, like LED lights, virtually eliminate maintenance. Most of the newer technology is easier to use, boiler combustion controls, resulting better equipment use, i.e. – will better control boiler load to match steam demand. Most newer technologies, like lighting and HVAC, will provide a better, more enjoyable work environment. Other new equipment technologies, like air compressor, can provide a safer work environment.
Is there a utility rebate to help offset the investment costs?
Most utilities offer rebates for many of the energy use reduction methods that R2 Energy Solution will recommend. The Energy Audit will show the rebates that will be provided to offset the equipment costs. R2 Energy Solutions will fill in the necessary forms and can even file the rebate forms on the company’s behalf.
How does the company file for a utility rebate?
R2 Energy Solutions separates itself from the competition by making the filing for energy rebates simple and easy. R2 Energy Solutions discovers all available rebates, provides the appropriate forms, usually filled in for the customer’s benefit, and usually files the rebate forms. By R2 Energy Solutions taking on the task of the rebate hassle, the customer is free to focus operating the plant and not wasting time with their utility.