35 Quick Wins for Energy Reduction

By Provision Coalition

Not all energy reduction initiatives have to be time consuming and expensive. We've put together a list of our favourite quick wins that food manufacturers can implement at their facilities- today.


  1. De-lamping: remove excess bulbs and fixtures

  2. Daylight Harvesting: maximize the use of daylight by removing obstructions from daylight sources

  3. Retrofit: Replace inefficient bulbs and fixtures with more energy efficient technologies

  4. Occupancy Sensors: Install occupancy sensors in low use areas

  5. Task Lighting: Replace or reduce energy intensive overhead lighting with smaller, directed task lighting

  6. Wall and Ceiling Colour: Paint walls and ceiling bright colours to help reflect and maximize lighting

  7. Exit Signs: Replace old inefficient exit signs with low energy use LED signs or no energy use signs

Plug Loads

  1. Computers: establish a daily computer shut down policy and utilize sleep modes

  2. Equipment: purchase Energy Star Certified office equipment when replacing old items

  3. Phantom Power: unplug equipment when not in use or use power bars for quick shut off

  4. Timers: install timers on office equipment to shut off and turn on at predefined times

  5. Vending Machines: request energy efficient machines and/or install sensors to automatically control usage

  6.  Use reflective signs


  1. EE Motors: replace motors at end of life with energy efficient models

  2. VFD’s: Install variable frequency drives or soft start drives on motors

  3. Right Sizing: Ensure motors are the right size for the application

Building Envelope

  1. Window Film: install thermal window film to reduce solar heat infiltration during summer months

  2. Dock Doors & Levelers: seal dock doors and leveling devices, install curtains to retain temperature

  3. Caulking and Sealing: seal all windows and door frames using weather stripping, caulking and sealants

HVAC & Water

  1. Programmable Thermostats: install programmable thermostats and program them to run only when areas are in use

  2. Lower Temperature: lower temperatures 1-2 degrees in the winter and increase temperatures 1-2 degrees in summer

  3. Hot Water Heater: lower temperature on hot water heaters

  4. Hot Water On-Demand: replace old inefficient Hot Water Heaters with Hot Water on Demand Heaters

  5. Water Pipes: insulate hot water pipes with approved insulating sleeves and jackets

  6. Vents and Fans: remove obstructions blocking vents and fans


  1. Peak Demand: perform peak shedding by staggering equipment start-up and installing timers to stagger usage

  2. Time of Use: optimize operation schedules to take advantage of cheaper off peak rates

  3. Shut Down Procedures: establish a separate shutdown procedure for weekdays, weekends and holidays

  4. Education/Awareness/Training: modify employee behaviour through education, awareness and training

  5. Energy Management System: develop an energy management system to maximize energy performance

  6. Energy Management Team: establish an energy management team to elevate conservation initiatives

  7. Signage: place signage in high use areas to encourage energy efficient behaviours

  8. Power Factor: contact provider to ensure power factor is maximized

  9. Audit: engage provider or third party to conduct a full energy audit of the facility

  10. Treasure Hunts: perform energy treasure hunts to identify energy reduction opportunities




Tags: Operations, Reduce Costs

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