Energy efficiency costs much less than paying for power, and its benefits are perpetual.
In order to reduce waste, control costs, and develop your business, MassMEC offers its members demand response and energy conservation ideas, as well as onsite renewable energy alternatives. These recommendations can provide cost relief now, and help you plan future facilities.
Up to 60% of the cost of efficiency improvements and renewable energy can be reimbursed through grants and utility incentives. MassMEC will ensure you are aware of any available benefits. These measures lower your energy costs in the short and long-term.
Massachusetts is a national leader in helping businesses make smart choices about energy, creating better results for your bottom line.
Green energy and efficient usage shows your concern for smart business practices and the planet. It can engage and inspire your employees, instilling efficient behavior as an ethical practice.
Additionally, MassDevelopment helps defray costs with its Green Loan Program. This program offers assistance for installing green initiatives or improving your facility’s efficiency. It can help bridge the gap between project costs and the available rebates and subsidies.
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For your benefit, MassMEC suggests these efficiency measures:
Manage Your Compressed Air System
Generating compressed air (“the fourth utility”) can be the most expensive and inefficient process in a facility. It can account for 30% or more of your electricity consumption. Much of the air is wasted due to leaks in the system and inappropriate use. A comprehensive inspection and maintenance program, along with a policy that manages the use of compressed air, can significantly reduce electric costs.
Manage Computer Equipment
A virtually free method of reducing energy costs is to develop and implement a policy for computer systems. Approximately $25-$75 can be saved annually for each computer that is shut off when your employee goes home.
Lighting system retrofits can offer significant savings. Fixture retrofits and re-lamping, occupancy sensors, dimmers, and daylight harvesting can reduce your energy consumption up to 30%. Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact florescent or LEDs greatly reduces your costs. Conduct a comprehensive system audit to determine a baseline and operating requirements, and then identify available rebates before deciding on a course of action.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Adjusting your thermostat can save significant portions on your utility bill. Critical to energy savings is a good plan to monitor the temperature around your facility. Additionally, upgrading your HVAC can often garner financial incentives from your electricity provider.
Large energy consumers can often receive payments for reducing their consumption during peak hours. The objective of demand response is to get end-users to modify their consumption so that new power facilities don’t need to be built, which benefits the environment. Shedding demand during peak times also protects the grid from overload. Participating customers who meet the requirements receive monthly payments based on performance throughout the year.