If you’re a part of your company’s facilities management team…one of your biggest priorities might be finding ways to cut operational costs, slashing your energy bill could very well be the easiest and most substantial way of reducing your budget. We’ve rounded up the top 5 ways energy efficient facilities reduce their energy consumption and cut energy costs. These are easy to follow tips that you could easily adopt at your facility!
Track Your Current Energy Use
Figuring out where you consume in your building and how you consume energy is the first step to identifying how to cut energy costs.
A great place to start is to participate in your very own Energy Star Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunt is a fun and interactive way to get your employees engaged. They will work together to find areas of your building where there is energy waste and ways to improve your energy efficiency.
Top 5 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency
Monitor Real-Time Energy Use
Being able to see how your devices are performing on a granular level can help you save money, manage energy consumption, improve efficiency, detect anomalies in your equipment, and prevent downtime and disruptions to your operations.
The latest and easiest way to accomplish this is by implementing wireless power monitoring devices throughout your building. These devices can be installed within a short period of time and will immediately start tracking granular energy intelligence for you, including identifying where you are are losing money at you facility.
Replace Outdated Lighting
Making the switch to LED lighting can lead to a huge decrease in your energy usage and a steep cut in your utility bill. LED bulbs use about a quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light as halogens and last 5-10 times longer. Lighting at your facility can be made even more efficient when you incorporate occupancy sensor and lighting control devices can further help cut operating costs.
Continuing to use poor, outdated lighting can be costly for your monthly electric bill and maintenance team. Old lighting burns out quickly and is often one of the most important, but neglected maintenance tasks. When dark areas are prevalent in your facility it creates an extremely unsafe environment for your employees.
Lighting design and project implementation are big projects that should require assistance due to their complexity. Don’t rush to hire just any lighting retrofit company and regret your decision for years to come – avoid these top 8 led lighting retrofit mistakes!
Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling can take up a huge cost of your building’s energy bill. Installing smart thermostats can help you regulate the temperature throughout the year and help you save tens of thousands of dollars. You could also consider installing controls that can help regulate the speed, output, and run-time of HVAC equipment.
Pairing your HVAC system with high volume low speed HVLS fans will make a substantial dent in your energy bill. Incorporating HVLS fans into your building also increases employee productivity and morale.
Avoid Peak Energy Times
Running during peak times could be drastically adding to your plant’s utility bill. Consider a solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage system, in which a battery system is charged by solar power. Investing in energy storage is one of the best ways for a business to save money on peak energy use. With this type of system, you’ll be able to store energy at a lower rate for later use, like during peak times.
Become More Energy Efficient Today!
Taking steps to make your plant more energy efficient is a no-brainer. Not only will you save hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you will help optimize the comfort of your employees and their productivity.
With so many energy technology funding options available, it doesn’t have to be a financial concern anymore as well. There really is no reason to wait. Reach out us and let us help you through the process!