Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Discover Your Energy ESP

In many industrial facilities across North America, there are individuals who want to do something to control energy costs, but they lack support from the rest of their organization. One person recently wrote me, lamenting that he was "unable to justify a costly monitoring system without concrete energy data," and at the same time was "unable to gather concrete energy data without a monitoring system."

The following is not a solution to the problem, but it could be useful for getting a conversation started. The U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies program provides a fast and easy online estimator for energy savings potential-- or "ESP" for short. This exercise allows a visitor to input a few descriptive facts about a facility and in response get a (very) rough measure of savings potential. Results are based on industry average potential savings as recorded in the impressive history of energy assessments compiled by DOE allies over the past 20 or so years.

Thanks for visiting. My web counter suggests that there's a lot of interest in energy cost reduction these days. Thanks also to everyone who has purchased a copy of my book, "Industrial Energy Management from the Top Down."



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