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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogThere's been a big push in recent years to take a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) approach to energy conservation. Going green and onboarding sustainable practices has a number of tax benefits and can allow your organization to grow by helping you realize operational efficiencies in unexpected places. Energy Audit Industry plant experts say that energy is the number-one cost, so it makes sense to start there when you're talking about making a comprehensive energy audit. The sad part is that Plant Engineering found that fewer than half of industrial plants currently conduct a yearly energy audit. The essential part of a yearly energy audit - beyond conducting one in the first place! - is to determine how much energy you're currently using at each of your industrial plants. From there, you should determine what the source of that energy is so that you can potentially realize greener sources. Doing so might enable you to take advantage of federal subsidies for energy efficiency. Industrial brick refractory coating services can help industrial plants further reduce their fuel consumption. The refractory coating used in this process is ideal for the following applications: kiln, forge, furnace, oven, and metal equipment. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Reducing hazardous raw materials and donating wood scraps leftover from the manufacturing process, as examples, can drastically reduce your carbon footprint and put your company on the right path towards environmental stewardship. Monitor HVAC and Lighting Where does the energy that comes in to an industrial plant ultimately go? Usually towards heating, cooling, and lighting. A programmable thermostat is probably the easiest way to optimize your heating and cooling processes, but take a look around as well to ensure that your insulation is up to snuff. Poor insulation in an industrial plant could mean that you're allowing your utility bills to skyrocket since so much heat is being allowed to exit the building. On the lighting side of things, many industrial plants waste a ton of money every year by stubbornly resisting the move from incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs, which can provide as many lumens as incandescent bulbs without producing nearly the heat. Since providing light for a large industrial plant is no easy feat, the potential energy efficiency to be reaped from making the switch to LED bulbs is huge. LED bulbs will actually allow you to use three-fourths the energy and have your LED bulbs last 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogHow can manufacturers reduce emissions on an industrial level? Industrial companies in the United States must figure out creative ways to stop emitting so much carbon dioxide when they produce their goods. Helping the environment helps everyone. And the companies don't have to spend more money. Their profits will remain high even if they pay more attention to their carbon dioxide emissions. The following changes will make the biggest difference on the emissions at the industrial level. Annual Direct Reporting Knowledge produces power. When the companies know how much carbon dioxide they emit, they know how much of it they can eliminate from their processes. A new law took effect in 2010 that now requires companies that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year to report their numbers directly to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This will allow companies to see how much they emit and take steps to reduce their emissions. It will also help the creation of future laws. Smarter Recycling Though recycling has increased greatly over the past 40 years, too much waste exists. People participate in recycling more now because most areas of the country feature recycling that sorts the materials for the people. Company-sorted recycling encourages more participation, but it also leads to more waste. Some products, such as paper, become contaminated during the recycling process. And some of that paper can't function as recycled material any longer. It's time for people to take charge and keep the items separate for recycling. NOx / CO Control Solutions Overall industrial greenhouse gas emission can be significantly reduced with the use of low-NOx/CO control solutions. The emissions produced by common industrial equipment and appliances, including boilers and gas turbines, can be lowered with emissions-reducing technology without increasing operating costs. A specialist from Nationwide Boiler says strict emission requirements can now be met without sacrificing performance and productivity, thanks to new emissions control technology. Simpler Piping Small companies can't benefit much from obvious solutions such as wind turbines and solar panels. But they can invest in straighter pipes. When water moves from one pipe to another, it needs a certain amount of power to do so. The water pump system uses a lot more energy to transfer the water through pipes that feature tons of twists and turns. Industrial companies can save a lot of power and emissions by simplifying their piping schemes inside warehouses and other facilities. Co-generation Many industrial sites could produce both heat and electricity at the same time if they chose to do so. This process, known as co-generation, can save plenty of carbon dioxide emissions. Industries such as oil refining, chemical synthesis, and steel making can benefit from co-generation. They only need recovery tubes and simple turbines to convert heat energy into electricity. The battle against carbon dioxide rages on. Emissions standards constantly change to reflect the growing concern over public health and the health of the environment. Some simple changes will make a great impact of industrial companies wish to initiate these important changes.