Potato Chip Factory Saves $77,000 per Year after Energy Upgrades

January 21, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

smartwatt energy manageSmartWatt Energy recently completed an energy efficiency project for snack food manufacturer Snyder’s-Lance at its Cape Cod Potato Chip production facility in Hyannis, Mass.

The project began with a full building energy audit of all mechanical systems at the 30,000-sq-foot facility. Ultimately, the project included retro-commissioning of the existing energy management system, the integration of all HVAC components into the energy management system, and the installation of new dampers, motors and space thermostat controls on the building’s air compressor system.

The SmartWatt team also provided on-site training for factory associates, which included proper operating sequence and set points for the newly added mechanical equipment, technical software use training, advanced programming training and troubleshooting training.

Mechanical system upgrades resulted in annual energy reductions of 63,037 therms and 151,068 kWh. The project is expected to save the plant more than $77,000 per year in electric and natural gas costs and should pay for itself in two and a half years, says SmartWatt Energy.

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