When we talk about energy efficiency usually we associate the concept to the installation of renewable energy support, replacement of old equipment by more modern ones with higher yields and lower consumption, implementation of energy management systems that allow control consumption and emissions, LED lighting etc.
Seldom we think that the mere work of those responsible for industrial maintaining a company can contribute, a lot, to reducing energy consumption while maintaining the same levels of production.
This is not to change equipment or make investments whose cost is usually high and return to medium or long-term, efficiency is applicable in day to day and it is necessary to lead a maintenance management of the installation through small actions involving in short, great results.
The secret is to have industrial maintenance with a holistic view, understanding that everything is not always the sum of the parts, understanding that a facility operates as a set of interconnected systems and energy gains and losses in each of the subsystems affect or benefit the rest. The result is exponential and from experience, can reach percentages of reduction in costs surprisingly high and comparable to any measure of replacement of obsolete equipment by more efficient ones, but with a substantially lower cost. We talked about a 25% reduction on average, a decent percentage to be analysed. It is, therefore, important that the owner and the responsible for running the business counts on some specialisation engineering in the field. In this sense it is necessary that engineering has knowledge and experience in facilities management and be able to implement efficiency in such management necessary to achieve the desired results. You must also provide the customer the option of buying your services through a flexible service model and focused on results.
Today, it is possible to outsource services with that approach that soon begin to be paid with the result obtained leaving a significant positive difference in several ways: cost reduction in management, workload industrial maintenance costs, energy costs, necessary equipment replacement. In addition, if you have the right support, other more intangible benefits are obtained, but no less important, such as unloading concerns knowing that someone external, impartial and focused on results, ensures the proper functioning of the systems, supporting our internal staff.