Energy Efficiency Tips for Facility Managers

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Many companies spend more than necessary on energy. This is often a result of inefficient equipment or improper operations. Facility managers have a big challenge and responsibility when managing and organising energy usage, reducing waste and cutting costs, while at the same time keeping employees comfortable and safe.

If a facility manager knows what to do, he can help his organisation save up to 30% on its energy costs. These achievements can also have an impact on the overall image of the business, as energy efficiency can be a large factor of its corporate responsibility.

Here are a few suggestions that will help facility managers reduce energy consumption and gradually understand the potential of developing a proper energy management plan:

  • Gain a good understanding of how the building utilizes energy while meeting its current operational needs.
  • Measure its current energy spend and evaluate how efficiently needs are met.
  • Examine utility bills and their rate structure. Compare tariffs and choose those more suitable to the company’s operational requirements.
  • Where possible replace outdated equipment for more energy-efficient models.
  • Switch to LED lights and install dimming and occupancy sensors.
  • Adjust thermostats to find the right balance to meet comfort levels. Check that each HVAC zone is set properly for the season and has temperature setbacks during periods of no occupancy.
  • Monitor, track and analyse the results of energy efficiency measures.
  • Educate employees about energy use and costs. Encourage them to engage in energy-efficiency practice and provide them with regular feedback on the results of their efforts.

Using electricity, water and gas more efficiently is vital for a company and many facility managers are aware of this. Though, sometimes the path to achieving these goals may not be clear. An energy monitoring system can offer a well-structured framework to help take back control of your energy usage. It can measure and track energy performance, analyse data and help make informed decisions that will result in savings.