Mechanical Insulation Maintenance and Upgrade: The Annual Impact
Based on data from more than 700 industrial energy assessments, the National Insulation Association estimates that implementing a comprehensive mechanical insulation maintenance and upgrade program in the commercial and industrial market segments would lead to:
- Energy savings of $4.8 billion per year
- CO2 reductions of 43 million metric tons per year
- Generation of 89,000 jobs
What do these numbers mean?
Energy Savings of $4.8 billion per year equates to:
- 45 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power 4.2 million households (4% of U.S. households) for a year and equivalent to annual output from 10,300 wind turbines
- 82 million barrels of oil, enough to fill about 41 supertankers
- 19 million tons of coal, enough to fill 190,000 railcars
- 480,000,000,000,000 Btus (0.48 quadrillion Btus) of primary energy—about 0.5% of total U.S. annual consumption or 1.83 days of energy consumption for the entire United States
43 metric tons of CO2 reduction per year equates to:
- Adding 1.9 billion mature trees (4.3 million acres of new forest, an area the size of Connecticut and Delaware combined)
- Removing 7.9 million cars from the roads, about 3% of 254 million cars registered in the United States
- Shutting down 11 coal-fired power plants, 1.6% of U.S. installed coal-fired capacity
- Installing 730 million compact florescent light bulbs, equivalent to 2.3 light bulbs for every man, woman, and child in the United States
Generation of over 89,000 jobs:
Mechanical insulation maintenance is an excellent example of “shovel-ready” green job opportunities for stimulus spending. It can put tens of thousands of people to work and retain existing jobs while contributing to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, reducing our country’s dependence on foreign energy sources, improving our environment, and increasing profitability of private and public businesses and facilities. Equally important, the majority of insulation contractors who install and maintain mechanical insulation systems represent independent small businesses in every state. Mechanical insulation is a proven technology. It does not require research and development or engineering or design processes. Materials and skilled craft personnel are available now and ready to be deployed.
Just one worker for a single day can save:
- Insulating 45 linear feet of 8-in. high-pressure steam line equates to about $13,600 per year in energy savings, equivalent to removing 13 cars per year from the highways. Assuming the facility exists for 20 more years, the total energy savings from that one workday would be $272,000.
- Insulating 70 linear feet of 3-in. low pressure steam line equates to over $4,000 per year in energy savings, reducing CO2 emissions as much as removing 3.7 cars from the highways. Assuming the facility exists for 20 more years, the total energy savings from that one workday would be $80,000.
Note: The estimates were developed based on a given set of assumptions and the best information available at the time. Neither the National Insulation Association nor the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers guarantees the accuracy of the good faith estimates contained herein.
This information is courtesy of the National Insulation Association and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. For more information, contact the NIA office at 703-464-6422 or go to www.insulation.org/mimi.