The energy consumption per egg produced in North America increased by 42 percent between 1997 and 2002. This rise in production costs is largely due to higher energy prices and the increase in demand for liquid, dried and frozen egg products. As egg prices increase, producers are working hard to find ways to lower production costs in order to keep this incredibly nutritious protein source accessible to the masses.
By 2050, the worldwide population is expected to increase from our current 6.9 billion people to 9.0 billion, and experts estimate that the production of animal proteins will have to increase by 75 percent to meet demand. By then, the burden of diminishing global resources is expected to take a toll on food production, and moving into the new century with attention to conservation and sustainability is essential in order for egg producers to remain profitable.
Increasing energy efficiency is critical for preserving natural resources, improving production and increasing profitability. In the egg production industry, this means implementing practical and sustainable energy policies to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption associated with lighting and heating the laying facilities, as well as maintaining efficiency in other areas of the operation, from administrative offices to the packaging floor.
Star Energy provides the skill and expertise required to considerably improve the efficiency of all areas of your operation. We conduct comprehensive energy audits to identify areas for improvement that will directly affect your bottom line, with clear and immediate results.
Our audits consist of evaluating a year's worth of utility bills, inspecting HVAC and production equipment, and assessing lighting, distribution systems and the building envelope to pinpoint areas that are costing you more than they should.
Armed with this information, we provide a list of opportunities for improvement that may include new technologies or advancements in old technologies, alternative energy sources and no-cost and low-cost solutions for increased efficiency. Examples of sustainable improvements include replacing inefficient lighting with CFLs, which are 75 percent more efficient and last up to ten times longer; retrofitting ventilation equipment with variable speed drives to reduce energy use by up to 50 percent, installing EC motors on evaporator coils to decrease the energy use by 40 percent, etc.
Equally important is a practical and sustainable energy management policy for ongoing monitoring and evaluation to ensure the highest level of efficiency for the long-term, as well as workforce education and management training in best practices for energy conservation. Star Energy has a proven track record in developing all-inclusive, long-term solutions for sustainability to increase your profitability while protecting our global resources.