The Efficiency Mandate

Being Efficient Saves Money, and With Technology Today, There Is No Other Option Than to Embrace Efficiency

By Katherine Bonfante

By Katherine Bonfante, Managing Editor, Digital Media

I love it when everything works just right. The heating system keeps my house warm during winter and doesn't put a hole in my pocket, the car still runs perfectly even when left outside under a few feet of snow, the lights turn on when needed, and my computer punctually sends me reminders of any other things that need my immediate attention.

Being efficient saves money, and with technology today, there is no other option than to embrace efficiency. If you don't embrace efficiency, your antiquated systems will just wipe out your bank account in the long run.

Think about this: The U.S. Department of Energy says the average American home can save $100–200 per year on energy costs simply by replacing old appliances. How much money would industrial machine builders save by switching to energy-efficient systems? The benefits outweigh the initial costs; going green is the right choice.

This month I want to point you to some of our online content that shows you just that—how to be green and why. For starters, read Schneider Electric's white paper "Making Permanent Savings Through Active Energy Efficiency." This paper explains active and passive energy efficiency, and also says that unless companies adopt active energy efficiency as the standard, they will not meet greenhouse gas emissions goals set within the Kyoto Protocol.

"Sustainable Energy Strategies for More Energy-Efficient Industrial Processes" is a white paper available on our site that talks about how saving electrical energy efficiently can have both short- and long-term rewards. This white paper, written by B&R Industrial Automation, touches on how the oil crisis of the early 1970s emphasized the importance of energy as a concern for everyone. Although the focus on energy efficiency is influenced by the cost of energy, recent shortages of supply demonstrate why cost alone should not be the driving factor in adopting energy-efficient methods. Read this paper and learn why energy efficiency is a key component of sustainable energy.

B&R also published another white paper that shows you how to recognize opportunities to save energy efficiently within industrial plants and machines. Download the paper, "How to Identify Opportunities and Save Electrical Energy Efficiently," to learn more.

Industrial motors can also be efficient. Contributor Phil Burgert talks about this in his article "Efficiency Cuts Cost of Electric Motor Operation." Read this article and see why Burgert says manufacturing requirements and energy consumption don't have to compete with each other.