Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency’

Finding energy efficient products made in the U.S. is easy with the Building Clean website

Building CleanThe Building Clean database lists more than 2500 U.S. facilities manufacturing energy efficient products in the key energy and water efficient product sectors of appliances, HVAC, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, and sealants – plus an added section on certified water filtration systems. You can search by product type, market sector, locality (both state and zip code), manufacturing tier, and the product’s material composition. Included is information on chemical hazards associated with certain products and those that are certified by third parties as healthy.

Northern Illinois University to Host Energy Efficiency Workshop

Manufacturing improvement workshop to focus on energy reduction and enhanced productivity

niu_wordmark_stack_rgb_smOn May 2nd, the Department of Technology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy of Northern Illinois University will be presenting a free, half-day workshop for small and medium size manufacturers at the Northern Illinois University Rockford Meeting and Conference Center from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Dr. Kevin B. Martin, Assistant Professor will lead the workshop and focus on assisting participants with identifying and implementing ways to reduce energy use, boost productivity, and achieve measurable energy savings.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Written by Lori AmermanEnergy Efficiency

Evolving Technology and Emerging Competitive Advantage

In March IMEC partnered with the Northern Illinois University Department of Technology and Kaskaskia College Center for Business and Industry to provide a presentation on best practices in Energy Efficiency.

Industrial electricity prices have risen 36% over the last 10 years.  Researching energy bills and technologies should be part of continuous improvement efforts as emerging technologies are lessening the burden of controlling future costs.

Steam Trap Rebates Available for Businesses

Nicor Energy Efficiency Program - Steam Trap By Nina Newhouser on behalf of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program offers rebates, incentives, education and resources to help businesses in the Nicor Gas service territory save energy and money. The Program can help you identify your company’s top energy conservation opportunities and offers up to $7,500 in rebates through the Steam Trap Survey Program.

Proper steam trap maintenance will provide you with improved steam system efficiency, potentially saving you money that can be reinvested into your business – in addition to the $7,500 in cash rebates. The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program now offers assistance to help your company every step of the way, from identifying energy-saving opportunities in your steam system to making repairs easier and more affordable.

Nicor Gas Economic Redevelopment Program

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Logo

As catalysts of information and improvement resources for Illinois manufacturers, IMEC strives to provide the most up-to-date trends and programs. Even the common overhead expenses such as electricity and gas should be considered when reducing cost or reducing waste. The following is information about the Nicor Energy Efficiency Program for manufacturers.

Cash incentives available for energy efficiency projects

Ameren’s ActOnEnergy® helps manufacturers use less…save more

The Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® program offers a variety of cash incentives and resources to help your manufacturing business invest in smart energy solutions.  Manufacturing operations are among the most energy-intensive businesses, so there’s great potential to improve efficiency.  Energy-efficient upgrades can lower your energy bills and maintenance costs by thousands of dollars each year.  No matter the size of your business, we’re focused on helping you save more and boost your bottom line.

Cash incentives are available for a variety of manufacturing and industrial facility projects, including:

  • No-cost/low-cost energy efficiency improvements
  • Compressed air leak survey and repair
  • Steam trap survey and replacement
  • Variable frequency drive (VFD) installs
  • Lighting upgrades
  • HVAC and water heater replacements
  • Custom projects

For more information or to get started, visit or call 1.866.800.0747


Real Customers – Real Results

  • Continental Tire in Mount Vernon received over $235,000 in cash incentives to repair compressed air leaks in their facility – they now save $200,000 annually on their energy bills!
  • With the help of more than $40,000 in cash incentives, a central Illinois manufacturer installed VFDs on three pump motors and lowered their annual energy bills by $65,000!
  • A small manufacturing company in west-central Illinois used over $2,000 in cash incentives to replace three boilers – saving them more than $1,000 per year!

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ISO officially launches ISO 50001

New standard will put Illinois manufacturers on the path to Energy Efficiency

Illinois_manufacturing_extension_centerUtilizing the Plan-Do-Check-Act process for continual improvement, the International Standards Organization (ISO) has officially introduced the ISO 50001 standard for enabling organizations to reduce energy consumption.  As part of a pilot demonstration project at a large Illinois manufacturing company, IMEC specialists have been directly involved in developing and testing the new standard.