3 Simple Hacks to Keep Your Electricity Costs Low

When you keep an eye on your energy source, you’re keeping your electricity costs low, too. You’re in a better position to identify and adopt energy-efficient measures in your workshop. Your savings can be used for other purposes, too, such as for new equipment.

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We will talk about the effective methods to achieve energy efficiency in your workshop. You can adopt these methods as is or change them according to your unique needs.

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Keep An Eye on the Energy Data

The first step is collecting the energy data in your workshop, which can be a home or business type. You can find energy data through:

  • Invoices for your energy sources. You have to organize your electricity, gas, and diesel bills and receipts.
  • Records of meter readings for your energy sources. You can use the data for comparing electricity costs from month to month. Your comparison basis may include increased workload and old equipment break down.
  • Data provided by your energy providers. You can request for it via mail or email (i.e., official website)
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    Actual readings and estimations on individual machine’s energy use. You can calculate the data by using the manufacturer’s information on it.
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The data collected will be useful in identifying the energy wasters. You have to maintain meticulous records since it will contribute to energy efficiency.

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Identify the Main Energy Consumers

The second step involves breaking down the workshop’s main energy consumers. The second step involves breaking down the workshop’s main energy consumers. You must document the major equipment with the highest possible energy use according to:

  • Age
  • Rated power
  • Operating hours
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    Actual power used

If you have a carpenter’s workshop, you can focus on certain high-energy use areas:

  • Vehicles
  • Heating equipment
  • Compressed air
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    Electric motors and drives
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    Lighting
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    Extraction including debris and dust collection
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    Electronic devices for processing (e.g., painting area)
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In the first step, you’re looking at the larger picture. In the second step, you’re breaking it down to specific energy users. You can make an energy profile for the workshop from the data collection. This can contain information about energy guzzlers and connected loads.

The first step is collecting the energy data in your workshop, which can be a home or business type. You can find energy data through:

  • Invoices for your energy sources. You have to organize your electricity, gas, and diesel bills and receipts.
  • Records of meter readings for your energy sources. You can use the data for comparing electricity costs from month to month. Your comparison basis may include increased workload and old equipment break down.
  • Data provided by your energy providers. You can request for it via mail or email (i.e., official website)
  • hand-o-right
    Actual readings and estimations on individual machine’s energy use. You can calculate the data by using the manufacturer’s information on it.

The data collected will be useful in identifying the energy wasters. You have to maintain meticulous records since it will contribute to energy efficiency.

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Plan Energy Efficiency Measures

You will be able to plan for the best energy efficiency measures unique to your workshop. You can also hire an external consultant to perform an energy audit. You should have an energy audit report containing information like:

  • Evaluation of the energy situation
  • Recommendations for cost-efficient and results-effective measures
  • Implementation tips for the energy efficiency program

Third-party energy consultants usually recommend so-called low-hanging fruit measures. These are largely organization-wide measures associated with small changes in several areas. These include system settings, manufacturing processes, and people behavior.


If you have a carpenter’s workshop, you can adopt these measures. You don’t even have to make a large investment. You can make further improvements, if necessary, along the way. A few of the recommended energy efficiency measures for a carpenter’s workshop include:

Heating

In your energy audit, you will likely find that heating costs are among the highest. This is especially true during the autumn and winter seasons. You can lower your heating costs by:

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    Optimizing the temperature level. A programmable thermostat is a must for this reason.
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    Optimizing the temperature settings according to operating times. Set the thermostat according to the season, weekend or weekdays, and night set-backs.
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    Install thermostatic radiator valves.
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    Checking the heating system on a regular basis. Checks should include pipe insulation and dimensioning.
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    Following the periodic service intervals for the heating system. The earlier issues are detected, the more efficient it will be.
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    Install circulation pumps with variable speeds.
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    Separate the heating circuits, if necessary, with individual controls.
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    Consider using the waste heat emitted by compressed air system.
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Indeed, you should choose a heating system based your workshop’s unique needs.

Lighting

Good lighting is a must for a safe and productive workplace. But you can still install good lighting without guzzling energy.

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    Use energy-efficient lights. Examples include LED, electronic ballasts, and T5-Technology.
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    Use natural daylight, whenever possible. Skylights and windows are popular for this reason.
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    Adopt lighting control strategies. Occupancy sensors, scheduling, and dimming are great examples.
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    Install reflectors and energy-efficient lamps in individual workspaces. Separate lighting for the general and specific zones is a must. For example, task and overhead lighting should go hand-in-hand.
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Electric motors, Drives and Equipment

These are also energy guzzlers especially when power tools are used. But you can maintain an energy-efficient workshop by:

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    Ensure regular maintenance and service
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    Switch off equipment outside of working hours.
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    Use control strategies, such as variable speed drives.
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You should also be mindful about buying new equipment. You have to consider their energy consumption, aside from the usual features and functions.


But these energy-efficient measures are in vain when you're not implementing them. You have to train yourself, perhaps your co-workers, about these ways to save energy. Your aim: To adopt these energy-efficient habits until these become second nature.

Final Verdict

Keep in mind, too, that these energy efficiency measures are a continuing program. You have to conduct regular in-depth evaluation of the program. Your evaluation should reveal whether improvements have been made or not.

Even with successful implementation of the chosen activities, you shouldn’t be complacent. You have to decide about rooms for improvement. You may, for example, see increasing electricity costs instead of reductions.

Keeping an eye on your electricity costs is a must, whether you have a small workshop or a larger factory. You have to make a strong commitment to it at all times. You can make energy efficiency part of your working habit with practice.

You should also encourage your co-workers because it’s everybody’s responsibility. In the end, every little thing will matter in lessening our carbon footprint. Plus, you will be paying less money for your energy source! 

Trevor Barton
 

Trevor Barton is the Editor of Sweethomeview.com. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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