Food manufacturers, along with other industrial facilities, should
consider these three simple ways to reduce their energy costs:
1. Competitively Bid Out for Lower Rates. If you are in a de-reg-
ulated state that allows for competitive energy shopping, history shows
that choosing a supplier other than your utility will save you significant
dollars on your electricity and natural gas bills. Energy consulting firm,
BidURenergy (BUE), works with thousands of industrial customers
and will bid your accounts out to only the most reputable and competi-
tive suppliers through its blind auction platform, PowerPit. Clients can
Think of energy as a variable cost of goods sold rather than a
fixed expense: your goal must be to reduce the energy cost of a unit
of production. You can achieve this by reducing your per-unit energy
demand, finding a cheaper supply of energy (e.g. CHP, fuel cells,
solar), or by changing the price you pay for utility energy. With this
economic framework in mind, you can use “Predictive Analytics” to
develop a fitting energy savings program.
Traditionally, manufacturers seeking to
reduce energy consumption have relied
on easy-to-manage, quick payback projects like lighting improvements. Others
have turned to standalone energy management systems to gain visibility into
energy usage. However, these systems
are difficult to justify financially, and often
it’s challenging to directly link energy consumption to specific process operations
that can be improved.
To truly control energy costs for their
entire operations, food manufacturers need to have a clear and
accurate understanding of their energy resource consumption. This
requires a more granular approach than has been applied in the
past — one that involves monitoring, measuring and visualizing
2. Demand response programs. These programs pay businesses big dollars for reducing their
electricity during periods of electric grid stress
(blackouts, brownouts, etc). The PowerPay! demand
response program is available in all de-regulated
3. Have your energy bills audited. It is not
uncommon to discover errors or overcharges on a
utility bill in the course of a free energy bill audit. An
audit looks at years of billing history and recovers
any money a business has overpaid.
Step 3: Implement. Most companies will want to start small by
identifying and implementing demand-side management and pricing
changes; these often deliver high return rates on little investment.
Firms seeking larger dollar savings will pursue alternative energy
supply solutions. Either way, predictive analytics allows you to define
the optimal energy program before you invest.
Step 4: Manage. Web-based reports allow you to manage and
communicate energy costs in real time, enabling continuous improvement and facilitating training and behavioral change among staff.
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