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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, you can earn our rebate of up to $250 per million BTUh 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, replacing or repairing steam traps, or installing variable frequency drives (VFDs) to air handling units and fan motors. Plus, you can take advantage of rebates we offer making all of these improvements more affordable.

Put technology in the control seat

Building controls serve as an extra hand to do what you automate them to do, from controlling lighting, temperatures, humidity, and even refrigeration. Installing controls is an energy-efficient must-have technology that helps you save time, gain control, reduce energy and cut costs. And, it keeps people healthy and safe by monitoring and handling levels of naturally occurring pollutants throughout the building. Every building system has unique control system opportunities that can be automated to your specifications. To earn rebates, we will 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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