Lodge Cast Iron, one of the oldest cookware companies in continuous operations in the U.S. today, has been reducing energy and earning demand response payments as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority-EnerNOC demand response program for over 5 years. Through the program, the company helps ensure grid reliability for local businesses and residents of the valley, and helps keep prices stable for all energy users—all while earning regular payments for its energy reductions. But in order for the company to stay profitable in an increasingly competitive market, it had to go beyond reducing energy just a couple times a year.
Keith Nunley, Lodge’s Engineering/Energy Manager, relies on EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS) to get the energy data visibility he needs to manage costs better, 24/7/365. The software provides easy-to-use tools that help his team—which sees electricity bills of over $2.9 million annually—better understand consumption across his facilities. “I log into EnerNOC daily, sometimes hourly,” says Nunley. “It definitely gives us a clear idea of how we’re using energy. Now I can see how much electricity it really takes to make our products. That’s information that goes beyond energy use—it affects the bottom line of our company.” Here are a few helpful energy management tips inspired by Nunley’s data-driven approach at Lodge.