Motors and Drives

Get cost savings with efficient motors and drives

Motors can account for up to 75% of the total electricity costs in industrial plants and 50% of electricity costs in commercial buildings. But when you replace standard-efficiency motors with more efficient models—or add an adjustable-speed drive to improve performance—you can experience significant cost savings.

  • Energy-efficient commercial motors typically have lower maintenance costs and provide a higher power factor to help lower your energy costs.
  • Adjustable-speed drives modify or control induction motor operation to improve performance and energy efficiency in drive systems.

Tips for selecting an energy-efficient motor

  • Match motor ratings to your load requirements. Consider the actual load levels, both starting and running, and the expected duration of each load. This will help you maximize your energy savings.
  • Choose the right size. Undersized motors sometimes operate under overload conditions, potentially increasing downtime and reducing life expectancy. Oversized motors, on the other hand, contribute to reduced power factor and operate at a reduced efficiency, which could add to your energy bill.

Analyze and manage your energy use

Is your business on interval metering? Find out how much energy you’re using and how you can lower your use—and costs—with our PowerProfiler tool.

Visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to learn more about energy efficient Motor Systems.