The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE, www.doe.gov) predicts a 10 percent increase in natural gas prices and a 4 percent increase in electricity costs this winter, and it is encouraging manufacturing facilities to offset rising energy costs by improving energy efficiency in the plant. The DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program is providing energy assessments and technical resources for industrial manufacturers through its Save Energy Now! program.

The program offers an Energy Champion! designation for plants that participate in and implement energy-saving recommendations. According to the DOE, the program’s total implemented energy savings is now more than $75 million.

To apply for an energy assessment with the Save Energy Now! program, click here.

To review the Save Energy Now! program’s energy-saving technical resources, click here.

To review the list of Energy Champion! companies, click here.

For a list of participating plants, click here.

For a case study on how Terra Nitrogen reduced natural gas use at its ammonia and fertilizer plant by 497,000 MMBtu per year, click here.