Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bring Your Green to Work

Continuing this weeks discussion a Lean and Green has brought me to another resources for reducing energy at the work place. Energy Star has created an environmental challenge for organizations across the country.
The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.
The Energy Star website has a section dedicated to Bringing Green to Work which has some useful tools.
Did you know that the energy used by a building to support just one office worker for a day causes more than twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as that worker’s drive to and from work?

Click on the picture above to take a tour of a manufacturing factory to learn ways to save energy (an interactive demo).

One of the most useful tools I found was An ENERGY STAR® Guide for Identifying Energy Savings in Manufacturing Plants. This Energy Guide focuses on energy used in common industrial
       • Lighting
       • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
       • Motors
       • Compressed air
       • Pumps
       • Hot water and steam systems
       • Process integration
       • Process heating – furnaces

Energy Star follow a process that looks like PDCA for their energy management program

This guide goes beyond the design of a energy program to provide opportunities for reducing energy with numerous case studies for reference.  I am sure you will find this information very helpful on your Lean and Green Kaizens.  

Saving energy saves our environment and resources which makes it cheaper to add value for our customers. Make a commitment this Earth Day to get started on your Lean and Green Journey.

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