Pollution Prevention Guides for
Auto Body Shops - Fact Sheet 17
Energy conservation can save you money and prevent
pollution in less time than any other pollution prevention technique. Major energy conservation areas for your
shop center on three areas:
- Lighting systems
- Heating, ventilation, and cooling systems
Energy Savings Tips
Here are a number of no cost and low cost energy saving strategies you can implement in your shop.
Try to come up with some tips of your own.
Overall Shop Tips
- Place signs around your shop to encourage energy conservation.
- Reward employees who do their part to save energy and come up with energy saving ideas.
- Do an energy audit of your shop (for more information, contact your local power company.
- Prioritize your energy reduction ideas, implementing one idea at a time before moving on to the next
(especially if your ideas cost money).
- Encourage your co-workers to turn off lights when leaving a room.
- Use natural lighting wherever possible.
- In areas where lower light levels are acceptable, remove two lamps from four-lamp fluorescent
fixtures. (For maximum energy bill savings, disconnect ballasts when removing lamps.)
- Install photosensors to turn off exterior lights at dawn and turn them on at dusk.
Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System Tips
- Use natural ventilation as much as possible.
- Keep doors and windows closed when heating and cooling systems are running (as long as there is
- Weatherize your building by sealing cracks, installing/replacing
weather stripping, etc.
- Wire heaters or air conditioners in service area to turn off automatically whenever the overhead
doors are opened, or use localized heaters to heat a specific area.
- Keep your equipment well-maintained through regular tune-ups to help equipment run smoother and
use less energy.
- When replacing equipment, choose the most energy-efficient replacement that can be used for the
- Consider purchasing solar powered equipment.
- Purchase batteries that are rechargeable.
For more information on ways to conserve energy, contact: Your local power company
|1) Do you take steps to conserve energy?
As discussed earlier in this section, taking steps to save
energy can reduce your energy bills dramatically and
help prevent pollution.
|2) Do you regularly check windows and doors for
No matter how you heat or cool your business, you can
greatly reduce the load on the heating and cooling
equipment by installing insulation and draft-proofing
windows and doors.
|3) Is your shop properly insulated for your area's
To help you answer this question, contact your local
|4) Have your water heater and related pipes been
Insulating water heaters and pipes can help reduce heat
loss and conserve energy.
|5) If constructing a new building, will it be energy
Reduce your energy bill by designing your shop to use
natural lighting and energy-efficient equipment and
|6) Do you routinely check valves and lines for leaks
or worn cylinders?
Routinely inspect your air compressor, delivery lines,
shut-off valves, connections and flanges, and quick-release valves. Check for worn air cylinders. Leaks in
these areas are a major source of energy loss in an auto body shop. Seal all line leaks or replace the high
pressure hose completely.
Montana State University Extension Service
Pollution Prevention Program Taylor Hall Bozeman, Montana 59717
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
(Fact Sheet 17 of 18)
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