3 Quick Ways to Incorporate Energy Efficiency

One is wise to be a good steward of the resources and materials available at their disposal. If someone told me I could shave 10% off my home utility bills, I would quickly ask, “what do you propose I do?” While I cannot make a claim to a certain amount of energy savings with the following ideas, the idea of energy savings is still in mind as our RIB products can help to automate electrical loads, making them run only when needed.

Here are 3 great ways to use our products to help save money and be a better steward of electricity:

1. Add a Time Delay Relay

Adding a time delay relay, like the RIBD01BDC can help to automatically turn off a load after a specified amount of time. Let’s say there is an outdoor radiant heater for a patio. The RIBD01BDC could be used to control power to the heater so that the user could press a button and turn on the heater to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the relay will turn off the heater, preventing the heater from being unused should the user walk away within that time frame. Press the button again to renew the 30 minutes.

2. Add a Current Sensor

Current sensors have many uses in building automation. One great use is to control one load only when a different load is running. Take for instance a oven/range exhaust hood unit. These exhaust hoods do a tremendous job of pulling out the greasy, smokey air. When those loads are on, a make-up air damper needs to be opened to equalize the pressure in the area. Rather than having a different switch to control the damper, a current sensor may be used to automatically open the damper when the exhaust fan is running. Turn off the exhaust fan and the damper closes – all automatically.

3. Use Wireless Relays

The wireless relays and transmitters we offer are great for retrofit applications to incorporate energy savings. Take, for instance, a hotel at a nice beach destination – each room has its own PTAC unit and a balcony to look out over the crashing waves. When someone comes into the room for the first time, blast that A/C and open the door to smell the sea air. We know, however, that’s like throwing money out the door! The wireless relays we offer, along with the battery-free door/window switch could be utilized to switch off the PTAC unit when the door or window is opened. Only when the door or window is closed, will the A/C turn on again.

There you have it – 3 great ways to incorporate RIB products to steward your electricity wisely. Of course, there are many other ways to use our products in this manner. Have an idea but don’t know if we have a solution? Feel free to reach out to us via phone or email to receive help thinking it through!

Sam Klennert
Sam Klennert

Meet Samuel Klennert – you can call him Sam. He was born and raised amongst the farmland of Indiana, which includes corn, soybeans, and sometimes wheat. Sam graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology in 2015.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and dog – whether it’s inside or outside their home. Sam can also be seen serving at his local church and glorifying God with other believers, which is by far his favorite way to spend time.

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