Lower Energy Costs

The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) leads national efforts to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. The ITP is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

“Save Energy Now” is a national initiative of the ITP to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity in 10 years. Companies nationwide can participate in no-cost energy assessments and utilize ITP resources to reduce energy use while increasing profits.

These energy assessments have helped U.S. manufacturing facilities save an average of $2 million, or 8% of their total energy costs, not to mention productivity improvements and reduced carbon emissions. Plants can begin the process of reducing energy intensity by applying for a no-cost energy assessment performed by a DOE Energy Expert.

Participating Plants
The energy assessments help identify key opportunities for savings by focusing on energy-intensive systems such as process heating, steam, pumps, fans, and compressed air.

You can go to this Participating Plants web site to see a list of companies by state, industry type (aluminum, chemical, glass, steel, etc.) and system type (compressed air, fans, pumps, process heating, steam). For example, in Georgia, 35 plants in 22 cities have already been assessed.

The plant assessment summary includes the company name, location, industry type, assessment type, energy expert, and assessment date. For some plants, the assessment report in PDF format may be available, and for others, a case study may be available.

Assessment Options
The DOE offers these energy assessment options:

For large plants: The nation’s largest, most energy-intensive plants can apply to receive a 3-day system assessment. These on-site assessments are led by the DOE’s Energy Experts who use the DOE’s software tools and technical information to target a specific system area. Assessments also provide valuable hands-on learning that can help your staff gain knowledge to multiply the benefits of the assessment.

For small and medium-sized plants: The DOE’s university-based Industrial Assessment Centers conduct 1-day assessments at smaller plants. Teams of highly trained IAC faculty and engineering students apply the same DOE software tools and technical resources to identify key savings opportunities throughout your plant.

For all plants: Contacting the EERE Information Center is the right option for any plant, large or small, if you are ready to boost energy savings and improve productivity. Whether or not you receive an assessment, you will find expert technical assistance and guidance on how to make the most of the “Save Energy Now” portfolio of resources.

For more information, go to the “Save Energy Now” web site.