Energy Conservation – Power Down and Save!
With the sun on my back, my walk home last night was blissful. It was warm, bright and beautiful out! I was in a great mood as I strolled into my West facing condo hoping to put my feet up and enjoy the evening sun pouring in through the windows. To my dismay, I realized every light in my home was left on for the entire day – what a waste of energy!
Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, you can probably relate to my frustration. I hate wasting my money, especially on my utility bills. In the summer months, the sun sets in the late evening, making indoor lighting in some rooms almost unnecessary. From now on, I’ll be making energy conservation a priority in my home.
The same principle can be extended to the corporate world. Why don’t more businesses in Ontario contribute to Energy Conservation, especially with the announcement of inevitable price hikes on the way?
I often hear from company officials who are concerned with their energy consumption but don’t really know how to solve the problem. They say things like “Our plant needs to run to make our product so there’s nothing we can do” or “We’ve looked into it in the past, there’s no savings there.” I will hold my hand to my heart and state that if your company doesn’t have a robust energy conservation program you are wasting money! In fact, some of the best conversations I have are with Energy Managers who have implemented a comprehensive program that allow them to measure their energy consumption, make the appropriate changes and reap the benefits of significant savings. What’s interesting with those conversations is that their always chasing more savings. To learn about the first steps of energy conservation, check out our previous blog post: More Data, Less Energy.
If you haven’t already, I recommend that you read the publication put out by the Ministry of Energy titled Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Energy Conservation in Ontario. It outlines the role of energy conservation as a major driver for the success of the Long Term Energy Plan. The honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy sums it up very clearly in his opening paragraph:
The document sets out a framework backed by the Ministry of Energy, Ontario Energy Board, Ontario Power Authority, and Local Distribution Companies. Ultimately, though, the most important success factor will be your active participation. As of yet, minimal regulations have been set out on businesses to conserve; however, it’s a growing trend around the world and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until they are put in motion here in Ontario. Do you want to get ahead of the curve?
Be sure to subscribe to our blog and check back next week where my colleague, Chris Loughren, will discuss the recent building code changes and the resulting mandates for an energy management, monitoring, and automation system. Following Chris’ blog post, I will provide guidance and detailed instructions on how to implement energy conservation projects in your business and save valuable resources.