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Demand Response Overview

There are a number of programs that your business can use to earn incentives when reducing energy use on days when energy use is high.

 

Tips for Saving Energy

Here are some easy tips for reducing energy use when a Demand Response event is called. Simply click on the segment that best categorizes your area of business.

  • Agriculture
    • Turn off non-essential water pumping or filtering equipment.
    • Start harvesting production early and shut off by noon.
    • Cycle cooling and circulating fans in sequence so that no fan is off or operating at reduced speed for more than a brief period (say, from 10 to 15 minutes at one time).
    • Curtail water pumping, refrigeration or cooling loads that can be served by either a generator or an alternative fuel.
    • Sub-cool refrigerated storage and let it “float.”
  • Office/Property Management
    • Turn off any equipment that is not being used.
    • Make sure computers are set with a sleep-mode.
    • Turn off unnecessary lighting and use daylight where available.
    • Temporarily shut down vending machines.
    • Raise the settings on your thermostat.
  • Retail
    • Reduce your lighting; post signs informing customers of your participation in temporarily reducing your energy use.
    • If applicable, reduce the number of elevators that are being used.
    • Use daylight where available.
    • Raise the settings on your thermostat.
  • Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
    • Reduce lighting levels including the main floor, storage rooms, bakery and butcher areas, loading docks and front entrance.
    • Delay electric defrost controls.
    • Delay anti-sweat heaters.
    • Reduce air conditioning levels.
    • Minimize any electrical usage in the deli or bakery, including dishwashing.
  • Restaurants
    • Turn off lighting where possible including main floor, storage room and office.
    • Raise the settings on your thermostat; post signs informing customers of your participation in temporarily reducing your energy use.
    • Postpone dishwashing until off peak hours if possible.
    • Turn off any electric food service cooking or prep equipment not in use.
  • Refrigerated and Non-refrigerated Warehousing
    • Reduce or turn off unnecessary lighting, including office space.
    • Shut off or reduce refrigeration load.
    • If possible, begin a pre-cooling to refrigerated areas anticipating a day-ahead event.
    • Shift production to off peak hours if possible.
    • Secure forklift charging.
  • Manufacturing/Processing (including food processing)
    • Turn off non-essential process equipment and pumping equipment.
    • Delay batch and continuous processes.
    • Reduce or shut off indoor and outdoor lighting where possible.
    • Curtail process loads that can be served by either a generator or an alternative fuel (such as a gas-fired compressor).
    • Sub-cool refrigerated storage and let it “float.”
    • Food Processing – If storage exceeds maximum temperature, then aggregate with other cold storage facilities and divide curtailment period.
  • Government/Utilities/Water and Wastewater
    • Raise cooling thermostat settings.
    • Municipal Water Agencies - Pump water into storage tanks, then use this water when a curtailment is requested rather than pumping water from wells.
    • Use AC package to perform load cycling, temperature reset and possibly pre-cooling.
    • Back off fan speed or reset duct pressure control.
    • Shut down non-essential equipment such as vending machines, multiple elevators and process equipment.
  • Hospitals
    • Reduce non-essential lighting such as hallway, display and ornamental lighting.
    • Delay dishwashing and laundry processes.
    • Raise cooling thermostat setting.
    • Reduce central plant chiller loading.
    • Reduce use of elevators or escalators.
  • Hotels/Motels
    • Reduce non-essential lighting such as hallway, display and ornamental lighting.
    • Turn off fountains and swimming pool pumps.
    • Delay dishwashing and laundry processes.
    • Raise cooling thermostat settings.
    • Reduce central plant chiller loading.
    • Back off lighting and cooling in banquet halls.
  • Schools
    • Reduce lighting where possible.
    • Shut down unused classrooms and facilities.
    • Review building utilization and scheduling.
    • Turn off swimming pool pumps.
    • Shut down energy-intensive laboratories.
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