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- Turn off motors, when not in use.
- Use timer controls to operate equipment (such as irrigation and pool pumps) at set scheduled times.
- When replacing or purchasing new electric motors invest in systems with higher energy efficiency ratings.
- Match motor size to the horsepower requirements of the task. This guarantees the motors will be operating between 75-100% of full load where they usually are most efficient.
- Use adjustable speed drives in situations where you may not need full power from the motor at all times. Variable speed drive motors allow the matching of the input power of the motor to the load requirement.
- Establish and keep up with maintenance schedules on electrical and electro-mechanical systems. This should include performing regular cleaning and maintenance on your motors, tightening belts and pulleys to prevent slippage, lubricating motors and drives regularly to reduce friction, and replacing worn bearings.