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Gates Energy Savings Helps Offset Government Cuts

Supplier: Gates Australia
30 January, 2009

Did you know that just one 30 Kilowatt motor with a V-belt drive running 24/7, 50 weeks per year at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour costs over $28,000 each year? This doesn't include the additional maintenance and downtime costs.

Did you also know that converting a V-belt drive to a synchronous belt drive yields an average of 5% energy savings? For a facility with 10 of the 30 Kilowatt drives this means an estimated $14,000/year savings on their energy bill and a payback of less than one year.

In fact, the US Department of Energy (DOE) supports a minimum of 5% energy efficiency savings by making just this type of retro-fit conversion. (See the DOE bulletin on Energy Tips—Motor Systems.) V-belt drive conversions offer a significant cost savings opportunity for city and state government facilities that are feeling the effects of a slowing economy and reduced operating budgets.

And Gates has just the program to help you convert drives and make sales: Gates Powered Savings Program. This Energy Star Partnership program targets energy savings and improved reliability achieved by converting existing V-belt drives to synchronous belt drives. The potential cost savings include a payback time that's typically less than one year. Often the savings can be realized after a 3-6 month period.

Typical applications include:

  • HVAC belt drives for facilities
  • Pump drives for public works applications (water/sewer, streets/highways)
  • Airport facilities
  • City and state school districts and university facilities

The Gates Powered Savings Program is a great way for you to help your city and state governments through difficult times and also generate new profitable sales for your business. Just contact your local Gates representative to schedule a joint call on city and state government prospects.

If you want to learn more about the energy savings potential of synchronous belts, view this recent presentation by our Power Transmission Product Application Manager, Brent Oman: Proven Energy Savings Through Belt Drive Solutions.

There is no better time to get key decision makers in government to listen to our cost savings solutions. In many cases, utility companies offer energy savings rebates that can offset most of the initial cost of making these retro-fit drive conversions.