WHY WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW WHEN CHANGE CAN BEGIN TODAY
Today much of the energy consumed by pumps and pump motors in
particular goes to waste. This is because most pumps currently
installed are larger than necessary and they run continuously at
their top speed regardless of actual requirements. It's easy to
understand why it's unnecessary for a pump to run at full speed
during the times when a business is closed, and yet most do. In
reality most pump motors only have to run at their full speed 5% of
the time. This is true for all kinds of pumps: in commercial
buildings, industrial applications, public buildings and water
utilities. This means there are major opportunities for energy
savings by utilizing a more efficient pump technology. One that is
more intuitive, and allows for speed adjustment, depending on how
much energy it needs to use.
These pump solutions already exist today, and although the initial
cost to make the switch to more efficient pumps may seems
unnecessary, the energy savings are immediate, and the payback time
can be less than 2 years.
WHERE TO LOOK AND WHERE TO BEGIN
Even though pumps play such a tremendous role in the way we live
in the modern world, they are largely overlooked. In fact, most
people have no idea what a pump does, or where you would find one
in their business. Pumps have somehow been overlooked in the raging
debate about energy efficiency, carbon footprints and corporate
social responsibility, because they don't have the same dramatic
impact as other energy saving sources. And yet, they represent a
solution, which is viable to everyone. And the savings are
One of the first things you can do towards a more energy
efficient pump system is to collect some basic information about
your company's current system and its annual life cycle
1. Contact your chief operating
- The COO will know:
Who is in charge of the pump installations?
What is your annual electricity consumption?
What share of consumption do pumps account for?
- And if possible
How has electricity consumption of pumps developed over the last
2. Then you ask the
How many pumps and motors are installed?
How old are the pumps?
What types of pumps are installed?
What is the annual volume of water
3. Create a list of all pumps and
note where they are installed.
4. Call your local Grundfos energy
A Grundfos energy expert is extremely specialised and part of a
"Pump Audit" team. The Pump Audit team can calculate your company's
potential savings in terms of CO2 and operating costs.
Following these four quick steps will help you decide whether a
pump system overhaul would make sound environmental, and business
sense for your company.