Hard to believe it’s been a year since I started T2E3 (Tina Toburen’s Energy Efficiency Enterprises).
2007 was a great year, and I’d like to thank all my clients and colleagues, past and present, that helped to make it so.
Coming soon to this blog will be more commentary on energy usage and efficiency. Mainly as it relates to power generation facilities.
A friend recently re-introduced me to the concept of Kaizen: small steps. This is the philosophy of doing one small thing, something new or just different (hopefully better), until that one small thing becomes habit – then you can add the next, small, thing. Before you know it, you’ve gone a lot further than you ever thought you could.
This approach is very useful in power plant performance improvement.
Baby step #1 (as Bill Murray’s character in “What About Bob” would say) is becoming aware of your current performance. This may mean simply creating a heat rate trend on your operator screens, so you can watch your heat rate – when you’re not busy with other things. Leave this trend up at all times – even if it’s buried in the background – so it’s easy to get to and you can refer to it quickly to see how changes in operating conditions have impacted your heat rate.
That’s it. Baby Step #1. I know you all can do just that much.
By the way – this simple use of awareness can be applied just about anywhere. I love renting a car that has a mileage computer available – so you can watch your mpg move around as you step on the gas to pass a car, or coast down a hill. Even if I don’t consciously change my driving habits, that simple awareness might just sink in and lift my lead foot every once and a while.