Energy Improvement – The Benefits of rebates and Incentives
Energy Improvement, or “EEI”, has become increasingly important as businesses have grown more complicated and competitive. In these tough economic times, companies are always looking for new ways to improve their businesses, cutting unnecessary expenses and streamlining processes in the process. But, many businesses aren’t sure how to begin the process of improving their energy practices. When the process becomes too expensive or requires too much time, there are often excuses for not starting, such as, it’s too complicated or it will take too long.
The good news is, continuous energy improvement (CEI)
can help you get the results you want without all the hard work. Improved efficiency and control are now required throughout most of the world’s commercial and residential energy usage, resulting in energy bills that are consistently higher than ever before. Energy efficiency is critical to operating a modern, efficient business, but in recent years, most businesses have been slow to embrace new efficiency techniques. Instead, they have attempted to make their existing practices more efficient-that is, to cut costs, and/or simplify operations. However, continued efficiency improvements require that businesses first monitor their consumption and implement constant energy improvement initiatives.
Energy Improvement through Control:
With the EIR (energy instrument), utilities are now able to provide incentives to businesses on both the investment front and the consumer front. Recently, California passed a bill that provides rebates of up to $5.25 per gallon-a great incentive for businesses to use energy-efficient appliances, as well as increased incentives for increasing electricity usage. Similarly, in England, homeowners are currently enjoying rebates on their energy bills if they implement efficient appliances and reduce their electricity consumption through various measures, such as reducing lights and air conditioning during off-peak hours. Similar initiatives have been implemented by various jurisdictions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Increased Utility Outcomes:
The creation of an efficient infrastructure also provides potential savings on utility bills. For example, improved heat recovery ventilators (HVAC) can improve the comfort level in a home. Improved insulation in buildings can lower the heating and cooling costs of a building. Improved lighting can provide better lighting than did before improvements in the infrastructure.
In addition to these savings in utility bills
improvements to buildings can reduce the overall cost of ownership. Sealing and insulating buildings can prevent heat loss and increase energy efficiencies. Insulation can also improve the interior temperature of a building and reduce internal air conditioning costs.
Energy Improvement through Improved Distribution:
When rebates and incentives are combined with improved distribution systems, the results can be fantastic. For example, by sealing doors and windows, the utility companies will not have to spend the additional resources to achieve a better seal; this allows for a better flow of air within the building. This, in turn, improves the temperature inside of the building, which saves on the utility bills. By improving distribution systems, the rebates and incentives can become more significant, as more of the energy consumption occurs during the summer months.