Site surveys are a key part of energy management. They identify the status of a site and are a reference point for future progress.
Follow the data
Information is the key to an effective site survey. Basic energy consumption data, and an energy map are needed for a site survey. These allow targeting of the largest energy usage areas to provide the greatest rewards.
The equipment needed for a basic site survey is minimal. It is possible to carry out a site survey with virtually no equipment. The equipment needed for an advanced site survey is inexpensive but allows more value to be added.
Site surveys should be planned and carried out during normal production and also, if possible, during shut-down periods.
Site surveys should produce a range of clearly defined projects that will pay back rapidly and should report in financial terms to gain top management support. Site surveys should be regularly repeated to check progress, to report success, to close out completed projects and to generate new projects.
Site surveys should drive action to reduce energy usage and effective non-conformance reports are a key to action. Most sites have a quality management system, use this as a model for non-conformance reporting.
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