Motors are used in most buildings for compressors, HVAC systems, and pumps. A motor is considered energy efficient if it meets or surpasses the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s nominal efficiency value. What sets efficient motors and regular motors apart are design, materials, and manufacturing techniques. These improved features help motors obtain a higher level of efficiency and perform tasks using less energy than their less efficient counterparts.
The upfront cost of an energy efficient motor is higher than a conventional motor, but the payback is relatively quick, roughly 1-2 years, depending on the model. Because these motors are made with better designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques, they need to be replaced less and are more reliable. Thus, upgrading the motors in a commercial building leads to both cost and energy savings.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
- MassSave – Energy Services & Financing
Examples of Boston Area Businesses that Use Energy Efficient Motors:
A Small Sample of Providers and Installers around Boston:
- Motor Planning Kit
- EERE: Energy Efficient Motor Systems
- Summary of Member Programs for Motors & Motor Systems
In The News
- “US DOE Offers $20M for Energy Efficient Motors” Energy Efficiency Markets, March 2015
- “Hyatt Regency Boston’s Energy Savings are Electrifying” Green Lodging News, July, 2010