Is there a way to 'nice' a plugin and prevent them from using too much CPU?

I noticed that some plugins such as WPEngine's PHP Compatibility Checker Plugin use up a huge amount of CPU resources (about 60%) and are effecting the server environment, especially since they take a long time to run.

How can we have plugins like that play nice? I often see load on my reseller server spike to 40 on a 24 CPU server. No wonder if people have a few processes like that running...