Our neighbor heads south for a week or two every March. Many folks join this late winter southward migration seeking sunshine and warm temperatures. Their plan is to cut the winter short. They enjoy some warmth now and hope that they can bring spring back with them when they return.
When folks take a winter vacation they help pay for the trip by dialing back their home energy use. They set the thermostat down as low as it will go without risking frozen pipes. They shut off all the lights except for a few for security. Just before locking the door, they take a walk around to unplug or switch off anything that they forgot.
We need to follow the same model at work. When production schedules allow manufacturing equipment to take a vacation, we need to save energy. We need to make sure that all energy sources are stopped to conserve cash.
Just like turning the heat down at home, we can turn the heat down at work when there will be no one there to enjoy it.
• Compressed air supply should be shut off
• Dust collectors should be shut down
• Lights should be off
• Conveyors should be shut off
• Hydraulic power units should be shut off
This is when you should be getting a pay off from using energy shutdown checklists.
When the migration is over folks will flock to the shopping centers to keep us operating at full capacity again.