Enegry consumption patterns
Real-world examples of how PeakSave can be applied across different industries, such as retail, water and farming, to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
Ice rinks have unique energy consumption patterns due to the large amount of energy needed to create and maintain the ice surface, along with other operational needs like lighting, heating, and cooling.
When optimizing energy consumption and costs in ice rinks, consider the following patterns:
01 | Ice Maintenance
The energy-intensive process of maintaining the ice surface, which includes the refrigeration system to freeze the ice and the resurfacing process (commonly known as Zamboni-ing), occurs regularly throughout the day.
02 | Building Temperature Control
Alongside the cooling required for the ice, energy is also used for heating the rest of the facility, particularly in colder climates. This balance between heating and cooling requires careful management.
03 | Lighting
Lighting for safety and visibility, both during open hours and for cleaning or maintenance, can contribute significantly to energy use.
04 | Operating Hours
Energy consumption patterns can fluctuate greatly depending on the schedule of the rink. During periods of high use (like games or public skating hours), energy demand will be higher.
05| Off-Peak Possibilities
Some energy-intensive tasks may be able to be shifted to off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. For example, some maintenance or resurfacing tasks could potentially be done during these times.
06 | Seasonal Variations
The energy demand of an ice rink can also vary by season. In colder months, the energy required to maintain the ice surface may be less than in warmer months, but the energy needed to heat the rest of the building may be more.
By understanding and addressing these factors, Peak Save can help ice rinks to optimize their energy use, reducing costs and contributing to sustainability goals.
When optimizing energy consumption and costs in these systems, consider the following patterns:
01 | Pumping Operations
Pumping water, either from a source or to consumers, is one of the most energy-intensive aspects of water treatment and supply. The scheduling, sequencing, and speed of pumps can be optimized based on demand patterns.
02 | Treatment Processes
Different treatment processes, such as filtration, disinfection, or chemical treatment, have varying energy demands. Understanding the energy consumption of each process can help optimize overall energy use.
03 | Demand Fluctuations
Water demand can fluctuate daily and seasonally. Peak demand periods, like mornings and evenings, can require more energy. Recognizing these patterns can help optimize energy use.
04 | Maintenance Schedules
Regular maintenance, such as cleaning filters or servicing equipment, can affect energy efficiency. Timing these activities strategically can help optimize energy use.
05| Off-Peak Energy Use
Some energy-intensive activities might be rescheduled to off-peak hours when energy rates are lower, provided it does not affect water supply quality or reliability.
06 | Energy Recovery
Some water treatment processes can recover energy, such as through methane generation in wastewater treatment. Incorporating energy recovery can help optimize overall energy use.
By understanding these patterns, Peak Save can offer solutions that help water treatment and supply systems reduce their energy consumption, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.
Water treatment and supply systems
Water treatment and supply systems require a substantial amount of energy to operate, so optimizing their energy use can result in significant cost savings and environmental benefits.
Grocery store freezers present specific energy consumption patterns due to their continuous operation and the need to maintain precise temperatures.
When optimizing energy consumption and costs for these systems, consider the following patterns:
01 | Continuous Operation
Freezers run continuously, leading to significant energy consumption. Identifying periods of lower energy demand and using advanced control systems could help reduce energy usage during these times without compromising food safety.
02 | Defrost Cycles
Regular defrost cycles are necessary but consume a large amount of energy. Optimizing the timing and frequency of these cycles can lead to energy savings.
03 | Lighting
Lighting inside the freezers contributes to the energy load. Consider energy-efficient lighting options and controls that turn off lights when customers are not present.
04 | Door Openings
Every time a freezer door is opened, warm air enters and the unit must work harder to maintain its temperature. Therefore, customer behavior (more door openings during peak shopping hours) can impact energy usage.
05| Ambient Temperature
The energy usage of freezers can be affected by the temperature of the surrounding environment. In warmer months, or if the store's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is working harder, the freezers may also consume more energy.
06 | Maintenance and Equipment Age
Regular maintenance and the overall condition of the freezer can affect its energy efficiency. Older equipment or equipment in need of repair may consume more energy.
By understanding and addressing these factors, Peak Save can help grocery stores optimize the energy use of their freezers, reducing costs and contributing to sustainability goals.
When considering patterns for optimization, you might want to consider the following:
01 | Operation Time
Determine the exact operating hours that the mixers need to run. If they only need to operate for two hours in a 24-hour period, these hours can be shifted to times when energy rates are lower.
02 | Energy Rates
Monitor the energy rates throughout the day and identify the two cheapest hours for operation. Energy rates can fluctuate based on demand, time of day, and other factors.
03 | Equipment Efficiency
The energy efficiency of the mixer itself can affect its overall energy consumption. Regular maintenance and efficient operating practices can help ensure it's running as efficiently as possible.
04 | Weather Conditions
Weather can affect the energy consumption of the equipment. For instance, colder temperatures might increase the energy needed to keep the liquid fertilizer at the right consistency.
05| Storage Conditions
The storage conditions of the liquid fertilizer before and after mixing can also influence energy consumption. For instance, maintaining the storage tanks at the right temperature can affect the energy required for mixing.
By understanding and addressing these patterns, Peak Save can help farms optimize the energy use of their liquid fertilizer mixers, potentially leading to significant cost savings and a lower carbon footprint.