Energy Conservation Measures

An Energy Conservation Measure (ECM) is a project conducted or technology implemented that reduces the consumption of energy in a facility. These measures can affect a variety of resources mainly water, electricity and gas for industrial and commercial enterprises.

Dependent  upon your location and utility provider, the time you use a unit of energy at your facility may only be 10% efficient, meaning it took 10 units of energy to produce and deliver 1 unit of useful electricity. Therefore, for every unit of energy savings at your facility, you are actually preventing 10 units of energy from being created and the inherent negative environmental attributes. This relationship is pivotal to the current global movement towards end-user efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

At SBE, we identify relevant ECMs by conducting audits based on use, patterns, rates, and demands. Site specific information is analyzed to determine how a facility can reduce energy consumption through conservation and efficiency upgrades. Once an audit is conducted, SBE establishes a plan to implement ECMs based on common industry best-practices such as; 

  • Lighting Retrofits
  • Energy / Power Management
  • HVAC Retrofits
  • Automation and Controls
  • Pumps & Motors
  • Water Treatment, Use, & Distribution
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Auditing Tools
    • Baseline Energy Use 
    • Utility Metering Analysis 
    • Load Profile Analysis 
    • Facility Energy Management Studies 
    • Demand Side Management (DSM) 
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis

The information gathered using these tools is used to analyze the financial and environmental benefits of implementing efficiency measures and site based power production. Savings from investments and energy production offsets are analyzed and recommendations are made accordingly. SBE’s Project Feasibility Team determines which federal, state and/or local tax credits, deductions, and grants apply.