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Tips to maximize heating efficiency this winter

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By: | December 15, 2016 8:14 am

Reducing energy use is one of the easiest and most cost effective steps you can take to cut operating costs and increase profitability. With cold weather months approaching, steps to reduce your energy bill become critical. If replacing your heating system is not an option, we highlighted several energy improvements that can minimize energy loss and save you money.

Tune-up your boiler

Boiling it down, tune-ups pay off. E-Source compiled results from four studies that show energy savings of 2% to 20% associated with furnace or boiler tune-up programs.1 In addition to savings, tune-ups also save energy and wear-and-tear on your equipment, and that’s better on your bottom line. For little investment, tune-ups can get your heating system running more efficiently and you can earn a rebate of 25% of the cost up to $250, for each boiler biannually.

Conduct heating system maintenance

HVAC systems can be among the highest energy users in your buildings. The good news is there are measures you can take to make a noticeable difference to improve the efficiency of your equipment. This is a good time of the year to consider maintenance projects to eliminate heat loss by insulating steam pipes or repairing and replacing steam traps. Improving the energy performance of your boilers can also be attained by installing variable frequency drives (VFDs) and other add-ons such as stack dampers, turbulators and modulator burners to name a few. Plus, you can take advantage of rebates to offset your costs to make heating equipment improvements.

Put technology in the control seat

Adding controls to your efficiency strategy can provide your business with an extra hand to gain savings. From controlling lighting, temperatures, humidity, and even refrigeration, they can help save time, gain control, reduce energy use and cut costs. Every building system has unique control system opportunities that can be automated to your specifications. To earn rebates, we can work with you to determine a cash incentive based on the energy savings potential of your control systems.

Meet with an energy advisor

For guidance, contact your account manager or an energy efficiency specialist to help you find savings. They can match you up with energy improvement projects specific to your operations, and help you navigate the rebate process. To reach an energy efficiency specialist, call 855.839.8862 or email energyefficiency@xcelenergy.com.

1 Florence Connally, E Source Answer, IV-DSM-AskES-259 (May 22, 2014).

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