Did you know that motors and pumps can account for 75 percent or more of your energy use? Using high-efficiency pumps along with high-efficiency motors can significantly increase your savings. And replacing old pumps can save you even more.
Purchasing a pump that meets the Smart $aver pump curve efficiency standards will save you energy and money, plus you can receive Smart $aver incentives to reduce the initial cost. Please note that pump curves are required in order to qualify for your incentive.
Variable Frequency Drives
A variable-frequency drive (VFD) is one of the most effective energy management tools on the market. The technology can be installed on fan and pump motors found in practically every commercial and institution building’s HVAC application.
Customers can expect energy savings of 35 to 50 percent with the VFD technology, which can equate to a payback period of anywhere from six months to two years.
In response to new legislation that takes effect in December, Motor Incentives will be removed from the Smart $aver Prescriptive program.
In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was signed into law. One of the purposes of the act is to increase the efficiency of products and buildings in the U.S., including the industrial motors used in HVAC and refrigeration systems. Motors that are now considered energy efficient will be deemed “standard” come Dec. 19, 2010, when the legislation takes effect.
2011 Motor Incentives Timeline
- March 31, 2011 – Motors must be purchased by this date to qualify for incentives.
- June 30, 2011 – Motors must be installed by this date to be eligible for incentives.
- Sept. 30, 2011 – Applications must be submitted by this date to obtain incentives.
Specific types of motors will still be eligible for incentives through the Smart $aver Custom program.