How to Save on Generator Energy Costs This Summer
As temperatures soar this summer, you may be worried about your commercial energy costs. One way you can save is by ensuring that your generator is as energy efficient as possible, and reduce your generator energy costs. Industrial power systems are heavy-duty pieces of machinery that can use up a lot of excess energy if they are not taken care of properly, which can result in substantial utility expenses for your business over these peak summer months. Here are some tips to help you save energy and keep your generator in optimal condition.
Change the Oil Frequently
Regular oil changes are key to keeping your generator’s energy and fuel costs as low as possible. Fresh oil cools, cleans, and lubricates the engine so that all of its various parts can work together efficiently. A generator will usually need its first oil change after 25 or so running hours, but the exact number will depend on the make, model, and size of your specific generator. It may also need more frequent changes in extreme weather conditions, after a heavy usage period, or if it seems less efficient than usual. Your local generator professional at Valley Power Systems can advise you on the best timing for your generator’s oil changes.
Keep the Filters Clean
Filters can make a big difference in how efficiently—or inefficiently—your generator runs. When filters become clogged, the generator’s engine has to work much harder than usual to get the air it needs, so it will have to use up more energy to operate. A restricted filter can also cause dirt, dust, and debris to enter the power system, which can severely damage its internal parts. It is recommended to clean the filter every time you change the oil, and filters should be replaced altogether if cleaning them doesn’t completely eliminate the dirt particles.
Perform a Leak Inspection
Now is a great time to inspect your generator for leaks – even one small leak can reduce your generator’s efficiency and waste a massive amount of energy over time. If you suspect a leak in your system but can’t find the source, a qualified generator technician from Valley Power Systems can help. They will perform a comprehensive inspection of the unit to uncover the cause of the leak and recommend an appropriate repair solution. Our factory-trained and certified technicians have experience working on many makes and models of commercial power systems.
This inspection can also reveal other problems with the unit that you might not have known about. You will be able to fix any issues before they have the opportunity to progress, saving your business a lot of money in future repair costs. Taking care of these repairs in advance can also help you avoid the lost production time that would occur if your generator failed to operate as expected during a power outage.
Reduce Energy Costs With a Hybrid System
A hybrid generator will work in conjunction with your main gas or diesel genset to provide power to your facility. The hybrid unit relies on renewable resources like solar or wind to operate, so you won’t have to worry about increased energy expenses when you need to run the generator. A hybrid is a great choice during those times when you don’t need a large power load, such as during your off-production hours when you might only require power for perimeter lighting and security cameras. Choosing to use the hybrid system over the traditional generator during the summer months can help you reap considerable energy savings.
Take Advantage of Off-Peak Hours
When you use electricity during peak hours, it increases your overall utility costs. These hours are generally in the mid-to-late afternoon when outdoor temperatures are higher. Electric companies like PG&E will offer a lower rate during off-peak hours to encourage customers to shift their energy usage during those times. Running your generator and other electrical systems during these off-peak hours will result in significant savings for your business.
Limit Power Usage
When you need to use the generator, you should carefully consider the power load that you need it to take on. A generator will have a specific power capacity, and consistently overloading it can be detrimental to the system. It may cause the generator to overheat, which can eventually result in generator failure. It’s best to turn off the electrical devices you don’t really need while running your generator. This will reduce your power usage and improve the unit’s overall efficiency.
Keep the Unit Maintained
Preventative maintenance will help reduce your generator energy costs by running more efficiently. A generator that hasn’t been maintained will have to work much harder to function, which increases wear and tear on the power system. This will ultimately decrease its usable lifespan, so you’ll have to purchase a new generator much sooner than expected. Performing maintenance at regular intervals is the best way to maximize your investment. Each manufacturer will recommend a maintenance schedule, typically after so many running hours.
Maintenance is more than just the regular oil and filter changes mentioned above. From the cooling and fuel system to every last hose and fitting, the maintenance technician will perform a comprehensive inspection to ensure everything is working the way it should. They will also check spark plugs if you have a gas unit. The service professional will let you know if they see any issues that could affect your generator’s performance, and you’ll be able to address these things in advance so that you’re not left in the dark during a power outage.
Contact Valley Power Systems
Whether you need a new generator or service for your existing unit, Valley Power Solutions has you covered. We offer a wide range of energy-efficient generators and other power equipment, and our service professionals have the expertise to handle all of your repair and maintenance needs through the lifetime of your unit. We’re proud to work with business owners throughout California. Contact us today to learn more.