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Hydraulic Institute launches new energy efficiency rating label for pumps

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has developed a new energy labelling program to let manufacturers highlight their most energy efficient products, in turn helping commercial as well as industrial customers to save energy and money.

According to a HI press release, over 25% of the electricity used in the US goes to powering pumps. The new HI Energy Rating (ER) Label will identify the most energy efficient pumps, and provide a tool for the developers of energy efficiency programs, electric utilities, distributors and customers to identify energy-saving products.

Higher ER ratings will be given to pumps that deliver the highest energy savings when compared to similar pumps.

HI hopes that the ER label will encourage the adoption of more efficient technology, allowing energy efficiency program administrators to offer rebates and other incentives to industrial and commercial facilities that choose the most efficient pumps. HI worked collaboratively with its members, the Northwest’s Regional Technical Forum (RTF), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to develop the ER Label program.

“The Hydraulic Institute is paving the way for pump end-users to be better informed as they purchase pumps and pump systems,” NEEA Senior Product Manager Geoff Wickes said. “The Hydraulic Institute’s collaborative work with the DOE [Department of Energy], industry groups and energy efficiency organisations to develop a verifiable test procedure, lab accreditation and a market friendly label will help users gain a competitive edge in their equipment purchases.”

“NEEA commends the systems-thinking approach of the Hydraulic Institute and all the many entities in the Northwest, which resulted in efficiency levels for more than 3,400 clean water and 40 circulator pumps being verified and designated using HI’s labelling program,” Wickes said. “This presents an excellent opportunity to support efficiency efforts in the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors.”