Posted on 07/06/2015

By Lora Mays, Product Marketing Manager

Buildings consume more than 40 percent of the world's electricity, and on top of that, are responsible for consuming 25 percent of water resources. Today, organizations are increasingly focused on ways that they can cut their resource use and improve their sustainability programs.

Because facility teams serve as the eyes and ears of the buildings, they serve as the best resources to drive energy efficiency across the organization. Here are five ways that your FM team can improve your organization's energy use:  

1. Reduce electricity use after hours

Tracking how people are using the building after work hours can reveal areas where organizations can become more energy efficient. For instance, turning off the vending machine lights may seem miniscule, but over time, it can have a big impact on energy use.

Organizations may also want to consider shutting off lights on floors that aren't used after a certain time, or even reconsider their heating and cooling strategy to match when the building is in use. You can maximize energy efficiency by automating equipment use with a building automation system.

2. Conduct regular preventive maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance on air handlers, HVAC units and windows can help identify energy leakages. It gives you insight into how your equipment is performing, as well as how you can improve that performance with repairs or replacements.

3. Create standard energy procedures

Engage with other stakeholders in the organization, including custodians and management, to establish energy procedures. These energy procedures can outline what's allowed within the organization and what's not, such as space heaters, which are often the culprit for driving up energy costs.

4. Gain insight through reporting

When you use an automated facility and maintenance management solution, you can track your equipment use and procedures within a centralized database. A robust solution can give you insight into the performance of your assets and energy efficiency program. The data you collect through the system can be leveraged to help you understand where you can further improve energy efficiency at the building level. 

5. Aim for continuous improvement

Continue to monitor your energy use to find where you can cut costs and further reduce your footprint. In doing so, you ensure that your energy improvement plan continues to support your goal to reduce your energy consumption, cut your costs and make you a better partner for the earth's resources. 


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