IN THIS ISSUE
• Lighting Savings Potential Surprises Business Owner
• Variable Speed Drives Save Energy and Money
• Canal Park Brewing Company
• Money-saving Energy Tip
UPCOMING ENERGY EFFICIENCY EVENTS IN THE MIDWEST
Environmental Initiative Award
Nicollet Island Pavilion
May 23, 2013
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sustainable Infrastructure – Calculating Costs, Evaluating Returns, Making Decisions
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota
June 5, 2013
Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair
ReNew the Earth Institute
June 21-23, 2013
For more information about upcoming events, please visit our events page.
In commercial kitchens, laboratories, spray painting booths, and other spaces that are heavily ventilated, a significant amount of energy is often used by the makeup air systems that replenish the air drawn out.
Make sure your makeup air system is running at peak efficiency by double-checking the air flow and temperature settings. Setting the fan to “auto” (or using a variable speed drive) and turning the heat down will help you maintain comfort in your ventilated areas while using less energy!
Several websites offer useful information on energy-saving opportunities and financial incentives for energy improvements in Minnesota. Here are some to check out:
Energy Smart Financial Incentives Page
A breakdown of energy efficiency incentives, including utility rebates and grants, available to Minnesota businesses.
Xcel Energy customers can find information about rebates and incentives.
Minnesota Power’s Conservation Program, Power of One®, is dedicated to helping their customers get the most for their energy dollar in their home, business, and community.
Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources
Provides useful information on funding for energy projects in Minnesota and background on utility Conservation Improvement Programs.
Lighting Savings Potential Surprises Business Owner
ST. PAUL – For a small business on Grand Avenue, an energy efficiency assessment from Energy Smart resulted in an “ah-ha” moment: Lighting upgrades in Skally Management’s sustainably managed Live Green Apartments were projected to capture significant savings.
During a site visit in early December 2012, Energy Smart staff explained to Skally Management that their outdated lighting system consumed significantly more energy than systems using today’s technology.
“The energy savings potential was much higher than I anticipated it would be by converting our existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to higher-efficiency equipment,” says owner Chad Skally.
However, time was of the essence. Incentive rebates offered through Xcel Energy for the upgrades were set to change in less than a month. Energy Smart helped the company finish the upgrade in time to receive a higher rebate. “I was very surprised at how quickly we were able to upgrade our lighting,” says Skally. “There was very minimal disruption to our work space during the upgrade.”
With the upgrade, Skally Management was able to reduce their lighting load by 54 percent while maintaining existing light levels. They are expected to save more than $524 annually in electric costs.
“We wouldn’t have made this upgrade without the help of Energy Smart,” remarked Skally. “We had limited time and resources. Energy Smart was able to identify opportunities, provide potential savings information, and assist in identifying equipment that qualified for utility rebates.”
Variable Speed Drives Adjust to Save Energy and Money
Variable speed drives (VSDs) allow fans, pumps, and other equipment motors to run exactly as fast as needed, which is usually slower and more efficient than the rated speed. A VSD system can also prolong motor and equipment life by eliminating startup power surges. Businesses use VSDs for heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. A smart investment!
Many utilities offer rebates for VSDs. If you’d like to explore VSD rebates at your business, contact Energy Smart at email@example.com or 651.292.4652.
Canal Park Brewing Company Taps Minnesota Power’s Energy Conservation Program
Minnesota Power’s Power of One® commercial conservation team engaged owners, architects, and electrical engineers to determine which energy-saving opportunities were the right fit for integration with the building’s design.
“The owners understood how short-term investments in energy efficiency would lead to long-term gains,” said Elden Lindamood of Wagner Zaun Architects. “Respect for the environment is part of the craft brew culture, so we became as energy and resource efficient as possible,” said Rockie Kavajecz, CPBC co-owner.
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