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$50,000 reasons to tie-up your brontosaurus

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Fred Flintstone never tied-up his brontosaurus when he clocked out of work. What does that have to do with energy management? Fifty thousand dollars.

Yabadabadoo… the whistle blows and there goes Fred Flintstone, sliding down the dinosaur’s back, landing in his car, and in a pre-historic flash he’s on his way to the homestead.  Notice anything though?  Fred seems to be more concerned with punching the clock than making any additional effort to ensure his workstation—in this case a 30 tonne brontosaurus—is shut-down (or tied up) before he gets home and ultimately to the drive-in theatre with his family.

You can’t blame him though. Who doesn’t want to get home after a long day in the quarry, or at the factory or even from the office?

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The problem is, at the end of the day, when there are distractions or people are in a rush, mistakes are made. For Fred, he simply just has to tie up his brontosaurus to ensure it’s there for him to use the next morning.  In a factory or in an office, we need to make sure we’re not consuming energy, wasting money, and leaving very expensive equipment running when it’s not needed.

Below is an example of a manufacturing plant’s weekly usage that I extracted from our Bruce Power Saver. At this plant, the ‘whistle blows’ at 10PM and it settles its nighttime shutdown load at 12AM, where it stays for roughly 8 hours.

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What I found interesting is that average nighttime usage was 1,000 kWh higher on Monday night compared to the average.  By my estimation, that means that Monday night cost about $1000 more than the average and about $1500 more than Thursday night. Thinking it was an anomaly, I checked out a few more weeks and found that at least one night per week was much higher than the norm and there wasn’t much consistency to it.

So why the inconsistency? I can’t actually tell you that—It could be a plethora of circumstances.  However, what I can tell you is that I see this frequently with our customers, and by managing it, they save a great deal of money with little to no effort.  In this case I was able to identify a savings potential of about $50,000 at a single plant.  Fifty thousand dollars could potentially be a new employee’s salary — someone who is hopefully a little more mindful of the brontosaurus budget and shuts down properly at the end of day.

I can do the same for you with a simple analysis of your historical usage — all you have to do contact me here.

Steve Glover

Steve Glover

Electricity Advisor