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Industry Best Practices

This page provides access to technology or service resources that can help you improve your facilities energy efficiency. There are brief descriptions of these resources and corresponding links to sites that will help you get started with things like a motor inventory, energy analysis, air compressor leak assessment or boiler combustion efficiency tests.
Energy Analysis

A review of how all the systems in your facility use energy will always lead to energy cost-savings opportunities. Many of those opportunities are already known to your staff. Capital investments in the energy efficiency opportunities identified by an energy audit can qualify for Oregon's 35 percent Business Energy Tax Credit program. Many energy savings opportunities identified in an energy analysis will yield returns on investment of 20 percent or better!
Operation and Maintenance Savings

Scheduling equipment operation, proper maintenance, minimizing equipment on time, and tuning systems for efficiency can save as much as 10 to 15 percent of the energy use in the entire facility. Most of those low or no-cost actions typically return and cost investment in less than one year. This list summarizes some of the low and no cost opportunities typical in industrial facilities. 
The US Department of Energy Technical Assistance Activities page has a variety of links and efficiency information about motors, steam, air compression, and heat processing.  Motors consume 290 billion kWh per year in the U.S. industrial sector.  This represents enormous potential for energy savings through the implementation of energy efficient devices.  The steam industry also may realize tremendous cost savings by updating there existing steam system.  A typical industry may utilize savings of 20 percent in steam savings by doing this. Many industries use compressed air systems as power sources for tools and equipment used for pressurizing, atomizing, agitating, and mixing applications. Optimization of compressed air systems can provide energy-efficiency improvements of 20 - 50 percent.  Advanced technologies and operating practices offer significant savings opportunities in process heating, with the potential to reduce energy consumption an additional 5 to 25 percent in the next decade.