Commercial and Energy UseThere are a number of large operations that help the country’s economy move forward, however, they can sometimes be the biggest energy users.

Much of the economy is powered by electricity. Almost every essential appliance to a business, be it computers in an office to the industrial machines of a manufacturing plant, require power to help promote business processes. In an commercial building, the costs associated with electricity can be controlled through reasonable consumption habits. For instance, by having employees turn off their computers when they leave the office, a company can save on their energy bill.

But what about companies that do not have such small time operations? Or even companies that need to operate around the clock? The intricacies of saving energy for processes of this nature can be more difficult as solutions are not necessarily universal. Therefore, the important first step is being able to identify where improvements can be made.

Controlling machine drives

According to Control Design, the United States Energy Information Administration has identified machine drives, which include electric motors, pumps and fans, among the largest energy consumers in the manufacturing sector. These appliances alone account for roughly half of the delivered electricity use in the sector.

The news source reported that the amount of power that these drives use per sector can vary. For instance, in energy-intensive machine drives, they can make up about 70 percent of the total delivered electricity, while in textiles or rubber, this figure is closer to 25 percent. Being able to identify where this figure lies within a specific operation’s total energy consumption can lead to large savings in energy and bills. The EIA data indicates that various industries could see these appliances becoming more efficient in the coming years.

Improving data centers

One market that has been able to make important strides on this front is the tech industry. Many of these companies operate using massive data centers, which can require huge amounts of power. These electricity that these systems use can get quite expensive, so many of these tech operations have been looking for solutions to improve upon these apparatuses.

For instance, Wired Magazine reported that Microsoft has looked into building smaller methane fuel cells within their data centers, which would effectively act as miniature power plants. In this instance, the company has identified a shortcoming and has begun enacting strategies in order to improve it.

While the industries may differ, this idea is at the crux of implementing any sustainable solution, no matter the industry. With electricity prices growing more expensive, such policies will grow essential in the coming years.

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