Never Underestimate Secondary Benefits of Energy EfficiencyWednesday 1st March 2017
You would expect an LED manufacturer to be energy efficient, it is very much a part of what they do. An interesting story popped up recently about lighting company Philips and their LED plant in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
The Boston Business Journal reports on the Philips Lightolier facility in Fall River and highlights the benefits of energy-efficient practices, which can far exceed even financial savings that come from just reducing energy consumption.
An energy efficient facility generally offers a safer and improved work environment, which raises productivity. Customers often recognise the sustainability actions of a company and will support it over competitors.
Their lighting, as you can imagine, would be LED energy efficient, which delivered enhanced visibility and a safer, more comfortable work environment. Beyond lighting more needed to be done, and as energy saving is in the blood of the organisation they looked at further ways to reduce energy use and emissions.
They took further action beyond lighting. The Boston Business Journal added that the company placed highly efficient variable-speed motors on the facility’s exhaust fans, delivering an 80% reduction in energy usage during off hours. The project cost $47,953, but an incentive from the National Grid for energy efficiency supplied $23,977 towards that cost - the Journal states that the investment paid for itself in energy cost savings in just six months.
Again it was the secondary benefits from the smaller projects that take the plaudits. Compressed air leaks were fixed, this allowed more power to reach air tools, this increased productivity.
Improvements in the energy efficiency of HVAC systems also delivered substantial savings, but also meant there were better controls over the internal environment. No longer overheated or over-cooled offices and workspaces. Far more comfortable for the workforce, again improving productivity.
The experience of Philips is duplicated in many companies where energy efficiency actions has become common place. Due to the better work environment and the lead set by management it is often found that absenteeism reduces, partly due to a healthier environment. Downtime is less as devices and machinery works more efficiently with the correct amount of power being controlled, and units being switched off rather than left running.
So becoming energy efficient doesn’t only save money on the utility bill, but brings a whole raft of other improvements that can turn a struggling enterprise into a shinning light - like Philips Litgholier!
Wednesday 1st March 2017