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  Implementing an energy-savings plan saves both the environment and your money. How can you get started saving energy? Start by following the tips below! For more sophisticated solutions to your energy usage problems, call Artic Air today!  
  Building Envelope

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  1. Add additional insulation to roofs, ceilings, or walls where practical.
  2. When re-roofing, use light-colored materials to reduce solar gain on air-conditioned structures.
  3. Ventilate attic spaces.
  4. Install solar film on windows to reduce cooling loads.
  5. Install solar screens on windows to reduce cooling loads.
  6. Install double glazing in place of single glazing.
  7. Re-caulk window and door frames.
  8. Re-seal curtain walls.
  9. Eliminate excessive crackage between double-entry doors.
  10. Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
  11. Repair broken windows.
  12. Keep garage and warehouse doors closed as much as possible.
  Lighting and Power

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  1. Install higher-efficiency lighting systems where possible.
  2. Reduce overall illumination levels.
  3. Implement a lighting maintenance program to obtain maximum efficiency from existing systems.
  4. Use supplemental lighting for specific tasks instead of increasing the overall illumination for a given area.
  5. Utilize natural lighting in perimeter office spaces.
  6. Utilize multiple switching for selective lighting levels in offices, conference rooms, etc.
  7. Reduce lighting in areas not requiring higher levels: stock rooms, corridors, etc.
  8. When redecorating, use light colors on ceilings and walls to achieve good illumination levels with less lighting.
  9. Reduce decorative and advertising lighting.
  10. Use timers or photocells to control outdoor lighting.
  11. Reduce parking lot lighting to minimum levels required for safety.
  12. Use proper-sized motors. Grossly oversized motors operate at a low power factor.
  13. Apply power factor correction where applicable.
  14. Install demand-limiting equipment.

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  1. Recalibrate all controls.
  2. Lock thermostats to prevent resetting by unauthorized personnel.
  3. Check room thermostats for proper location - not on cold walls, in drafts, or receiving direct light.
  4. Install individual room control whenever possible.
  5. Install temperature control valves (self-contained) in radiators controlled by hand valves.
  6. Install enthalpy control to optimize use of outdoor air for building cooling.
  7. Install a building automation system when feasible.


  HVAC and Miscellaneous

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  1. Study system carefully before making changes, as some changes may increase energy usage.
  2. Re-test, balance, and adjust systems.
  3. Turn off air conditioning machinery during unoccupied hours.
  4. Revise clean-up schedule so lights and system can be turned off earlier.
  5. Optimize system start-up times.
  6. Shut off outdoor air quantity.
  7. Reduce outdoor air quantity.
  8. Reduce system air volume.
  9. Reduce air duct leakage.
  10. Check and adjust outdoor air dampers for tight closure.
  11. Replace dampers with higher quality ones whenever possible.
  12. When balancing or rebalancing a system, consider outdoor air leakage when making minimum indoor air settings.
  13. Adjust dampers in mixing boxes and multizone units so that they shut off tight to reduce leakage.
  14. Avoid use of preheat coils if possible.
  15. Raise the mixed air temperature.
  16. Reset hot and cold deck temperatures in direction of reduced heating and cooling.
  17. Set reheat schedule as low as can be tolerated.
  18. Reset chilled water and heating water temperature in accordance with loads.
  19. Use lowest possible radiation temperature in perimeter spaces.
  20. Do not permit perimeter and interior systems to buck one another.
  21. Optimize multiple chiller operation.
  22. Run heating and cooling system auxiliaries only when they are required.
  23. Whenever possible, only operate return air fans for heating during unoccupied hours.
  24. Install auxiliary air risers to reduce fan horsepower.
  25. Convert constant volume fan system to VAV operation.
  26. Reduce heating in unoccupied areas.
  27. Reduce heating in overheated spaces. Do not open the window to cool these areas!
  28. Shut off exhaust fans during unoccupied cycles.
  29. Check exhaust air quantities from toilet rooms, laboratories, etc. when feasible.
  30. Reduce exhaust air quantities from these rooms whenever possible.
  31. Convert toilet room exhaust fans to operate only when room is occupied.
  32. Reduce supply temperature of domestic hot water systems.
  33. Use condenser water to preheat domestic hot water.
  34. Use condenser water for air conditioning reheat.
  35. Retrofit solar collector to the building to preheat domestic and process water.
  36. Install heat recovery devices to reclaim heat from building, kitchen, and process exhaust.
  Industrial Plants

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  1. Study plant heating and air-conditioning systems to determine if they are of correct design. Many are not.
  2. Reschedule operations, whenever possible, to 2nd and 3rd shift to get them off of the 10 AM - 2 PM peak electric demand period.
  3. Plan work so that the whole plant can be shut down on given weekends.
  4. Shut off machinery when not in use during relief periods, lunch, end of shift, etc.
  5. Keep covers on tanks and vats closed to reduce evaporation losses.
  6. Use push-pull ventilation on open-surface tanks. 50% or more of the air can be saved.
  7. Use immersion heaters whenever possible.
  8. Use cold water detergent in washers whenever possible.
  9. Combine operations, where possible, to reduce the number of washers.
  10. Shroud openings, where possible, to reduce the number of washers.
  11. Eliminate stratification of air in the plant during the winter thereby warming the floor. This can easily be done with fans (high) down ducts terminating close to the floor.
  12. Use spot heating or cooling of people when they are located far apart.
  13. Use evaporative cooling for human cooling whenever practical.
  14. Determine whether pressure blowers could replace some compressed air usage.
  15. Do not use compressed air at higher pressures than required.
  16. Do not permit compressed air to be used for "people" cooling.
  17. Reduce the quantity of exhaust air; use local exhaust, not general.
  18. Use low volume, high velocity exhaust systems whenever possible, such as: ventilated welding guns, hoods for portable grinding equipment, local traveling hoods for molten metal pouring.
  19. Analyze all solid waste to determine whether it can be recycled, burned, or composted.
  20. Salvage all oil used in the plant. It can either be re-used by refining it or it can be burned in the boilers.
  21. If exhaust air is contaminated, evaluate air cleaning devices to determine if the air could be cleaned and recycled.
  22. Determine feasibility of utilizing the energy in production operations before exhausting it.
  23. Analyze interplant truck runs. Consolidate loads and eliminate trips.
  24. Shut off interplant truck engines when not in use.
  25. Shut off fork lift engines when not in use.
  26. Replace worn out machinery with modern, efficient equipment.
  27. Keep heat and smoke relief vents closed during the winter.
  28. Consider using waste water for roof sprays during the summer to reduce heat load on the plant.
  29. Use automatic regulators to control the volume of water used.
  Combustion Equipment

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  1. Check building for negative pressure which can reduce combustion efficiency.
  2. Check flues and chimneys for blockage or improper draft conditions.
  3. Clean combustion surfaces.
  4. Check fuel-air ratios.
  5. Replace atmospheric burners with powerburners.
  6. Install pressure controls on furnaces (industrial).
  7. Install automatic air-gas combustion controls.
  8. Do not overfire equipment.
  9. Repair furnace linings frequently.
  10. Reduce production equipment reheat times to minimum required.
  11. Reduce production equipment (furnaces, ovens, etc.) temperatures to holding temperatures whenever production is halted for relatively long periods.
  12. Shut off drying and curing ovens when not in use. Do not start too soon prior to the shift.
  13. Seal all cracks in furnaces, ovens, etc.
  14. Preheat combustion air with waste heat.

If you have a justified opportunity for an extensive mechanical system replacement, you need to team up with an experienced consulting/design engineer if you do not already have this capability in-house. Let us help you with energy conservation through proper maintenance, system performance reviews and utilization of direct digital controls we can help control your energy costs.


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Royal Oak, MI 48073-1017

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