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Steps to improve your Facility’s Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency of a building is the degree to which its energy consumption compares to recognised energy consumption benchmarks for that specific kind of building under defined climatic circumstances (UNIDO, 2009). In the United Kingdom, inflation is expected to reduce in 2023, while energy expenses and taxes will surge. Most facility management services aim to reduce your company’s monthly energy costs and create a more profitable facility. Everything from heating and cooling to lights and electronics requires a significant amount of energy. Facility management providers may assist you in lowering your kWh and offering monthly insight into your energy usage.

Create Standardised Energy Use Rules

Experienced facility management specialists can act as consultants, giving high-level insights into how energy-consuming assets in your facility can be managed. After gathering additional contextual information, you and your staff should agree on how much energy to utilise and for how long. You may elect to limit or eliminate the use of heating and cooling appliances such as refrigerators. It is critical to set unambiguous measurable goals and objectives to be achieved in some related time frame. 

A Preventative Maintenance Plan

A preventative maintenance program is an essential component of effective facility management. It keeps your equipment running effectively, promotes employee safety, and helps you prevent significant and costly repairs down the line. Creating a preventative maintenance plan allows you to stay ahead of potentially devastating damage. These consume your energy. Organisations will be better able to detect energy leaks if they have a detailed plan.

Insightful Data from a CMMS

A computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) is an important bit of technology that provides data-driven insights into the operation of your assets as well as areas of energy usage that may be reduced or eliminated for optimal energy management. As an energy asset management software, CMMS enables organisations to better structure their equipment and facilities. Simultaneously, CMMS software may improve maintenance managers’ and technicians’ responsibility. Using a CMMS simplifies the process of standardising practises for efficiency, tracking warranties, and improving anticipated maintenance turn-around times.

Submetering from Your Utility Provider

Examine your utility bill. Your energy usage is given as gross, which means it includes energy from the entire building. Submetering for particular floors in your building should be requested. The more submetering you can conduct, the more granular and comprehensive your energy performance tracking may be. This is another method for obtaining an in-depth study of your energy consumption. You may discover that the insulation or energy assets on a certain floor are outdated, old, worn out, or operate poorly owing to a faulty component.

Reduce Electricity Use After Working Hours

Monitoring how people use facilities after hours might uncover places where businesses can become more energy efficient. Turning off vending machine lights, for example, may appear little, but it could have a significant influence on energy use over time. Organisations may also want to think about turning off lights on floors that aren’t utilised after a particular time or rethinking their heating and cooling strategy to match when a facility is in use. If you’re not working during peak hours, there’s no need to use the same amount of power, whether for floor lights or HVAC. You may also automate the procedure by employing a building automation system.

Utilise IoT to Remotely Monitor Your Energy Use

You may utilise integrated IoT (internet of things), another term for a collection of procedures, technologies, and software, to expedite your energy audits and discover the most cost-effective maintenance plans for your facility. IoT-enabled sensors monitor consumption trends and provide insights into wasteful usage areas. These, in turn, aid in the study of energy consumption and trends. Through the total control of energy data, these systems allow for the management and rationalisation of power usage.

It requires time and dedication to develop a strategic energy-saving programme. These transformations do not occur overnight. Continue to track your energy usage to see where you may save money and lessen your carbon footprint. This ensures that your energy-saving programme continues to serve your organisation’s goals while also lowering your overall energy usage. Partnering with a Total Facilities Management specialist is a failsafe solution to workplace energy efficiency.

Dees Maharaj – Group CSO

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