iSpring Associates - What We Do

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MANAGEMENT

For any organization, be it industrial, commercial or non-profit, energy is a big piece of the sustainability puzzle. Under volatile market conditions and ever-increasing costs, energy often represents the biggest risk to–and biggest opportunity for–continued profitable operation. Our goal is to give you more control over your energy costs by helping you better understand today's operations and tomorrow's opportunities.

Energy Assessment & Audit

In cooperation with our energy assessment partners, we gather data on your energy usage, energy-consuming systems and operations to establish a baseline of where and how you're using energy. For commercial establishments, the largest energy-consuming components are usually buildings. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings account for 72% of electricity consumption in the United States, and 24% to 50% of total energy use. For industrial clients, our energy assessment also includes a baseline of all the energy that is used inside the four walls for industrial processes.

This baseline assessment is crucial for any organization that wants to understand where the opportunities exist for cost savings. From this initial assessment, we identify opportunities for reducing energy consumption and provide recommendations for prioritizing projects that include a cost/benefit analysis of each opportunity identified based on the client's individual ROI requirements. An energy assessment helps you reap the financial benefits of reducing waste and increasing efficiency before you start looking at capital-intensive improvements.

Energy Process Mapping

Think of this as an energy transit map for your facility–where do the electrons hop off the steam train and take a refrigerant bus back to a compressor? Particularly in industrial settings where circumstances have changed over several decades and different production lines have entered or left the plant, energy process mapping is an extremely effective tool to get a systems-wide view of how energy moves through and is used in your facility. Energy may be embodied in many different forms–electricity, compressed air, steam, hot water, refrigerant, just to name a few–and all of these forms must be taken into account to fully understand how energy flows through your facility. Energy process mapping helps you understand how all of the myriad energy-consuming systems interrelate and enables you to make decisions for each system that won't unintentionally cause a problem for another system.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is where many of our clients get the biggest bang for their buck. Through energy assessment and process mapping, iSpring uncovers opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. We then help clients identify qualified vendors and verify that the work's been completed properly. And if your company is contemplating alternative energy, an aggressive energy efficiency improvement program ensures your operations are at their most efficient when you decide to take the leap into implementing an alternative energy solution. A right-sized system for an efficient facility offers a much shorter payback period than an oversized system for an inefficient facility. Conserve, then convert.

Energy Manaagement Strategy

To ensure that you're getting the most out of the energy efficiency improvements you make, you need a strategy for the ongoing management of your energy-consuming systems. iSpring can help you craft the strategy and set up metrics for ongoing performance measurement. In conjunction with our energy partners, we can help you craft an energy policy statement that will guide how you make energy-related decisions going forward.


FEATURED RESOURCES

Mapping Your Electrons: The Path to Smart Energy Conservation The Sustainability Buzz, July 2010.
What is a Baseline Sustainability Assessment? The Sustainability Buzz, February 2011.

 

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