Standard Machine: A Walk-Through Assessment Success Story

January 25, 2021

Walk-through Energy Assessment

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  • By taking part in the program, Standard Machine discovered $29,000 in potential annual energy savings.
  • The Walk-through Assessment program is being offered at no cost through the financial contributions of Natural Resources Canada.
  • “It showed us a few places we could save money. We'll continue to change over our remaining metal halide lights to LED. I'm really looking forward to our smart meter being installed so that I can determine how to reduce our peak demand and demand charges.” – Mark Summach, Standard Machine

Standard Machine is a light manufacturing company in Saskatoon that supplies solutions for some of the largest natural resource and manufacturing industries in the world. The company recently participated in SaskPower’s Walk-through Assessment program that is currently being offered at no-cost through a partnership with Natural Resources Canada. 

By taking part in the program, Standard Machine discovered $29,000 in potential annual energy savings. We talked to Mark Summach, maintenance manager at Standard Machine, about his decision to take part in the Walk-through Assessment program.
 
QWhy did you decide to participate in the Walk-through Assessment program?
A: “Why not? It is being offered at no-cost and I knew I would learn something I didn’t know.”
 
Q: How did your business benefit from taking part in the program? 
A: “It showed us a few places we could save money. We'll continue to change over our remaining metal halide lights to LED. I'm really looking forward to our smart meter being installed so that I can determine how to reduce our peak demand and demand charges.” 
 
Q: Would you recommend this program to other businesses?
A: “Definitely, especially at no cost, it’s a great way to find out how you can save.”

During a Walk-through Assessment, a SaskPower energy auditor visits your business. They will look for ways to decrease your energy consumption, opportunities to maximize energy efficiency, and ways for you to save money on your natural gas and power bills. The auditor will make recommendations that range up from no cost. 

By taking part in the program, Standard Machine found that investing in plug timers, computer power management software and insulation for hot water pipes could result in over $5,000 of annual savings. This estimated $9,600 investment would pay for itself in just under 2 years. 

Upgrading to LED lights, adding ceiling fans to better distribute warm air and implementing a building automation system is estimated to lower their energy bill by over $24,000 a year. These investments would total about $226,000 and pay for themselves with the energy savings in roughly nine years. 

The Walk-through Assessment program is being offered for a limited time at no cost through the financial contributions of Natural Resources Canada. Click here for more information or to sign up today. 

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