5 Ways Facility Managers Can Reduce Operating Costs

Running and maintaining a business is expensive and those costs are rarely optional. Instead of just utilizing what you are given, or cutting back on essentials there are a few ways to conserve energy and reduce costs without cutting corners.

Switch To LED Lighting

A great place to start saving is with your facility’s lighting. Switching from incandescent lighting to LED can be an enormous money and energy saver.

According to the Department of Energy, Energy Star rated LED lighting uses 75 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer than your traditional light bulb. LED lighting is used in all aspects of many commercial facilities including walkways, work areas and in parking lots.

Not only can LED lights save money on your electricity bill but they also need to be replaced less frequently. Their longevity costs you less money in replacement bulbs as well as fewer hours changing bulbs in hard to reach areas.

Inspect Windows

One of the biggest sources of energy loss in a commercial facility is through old or damaged windows.

Several times a year windows should be inspected to make sure that weather stripping is intact and the windows are functioning correctly. Any gaps in the sealing can cause heating loss, moisture build up and pest invasion. A great way to ensure that you aren’t losing energy through your windows is to make inspectional a seasonal task.

Install Energy Saving Devices

Your facility is probably wasting energy and you don’t even know it. That’s why installing an OES-11 harmonic filter is a great step to ensure you are only paying for what you are using.

An OES-11 filter works to mitigate Total Harmonics Distortion (THD), unchecked and unused energy that is grounded, consumed out of phased or returned to the electrical grid. Essentially THD can cause over-heating, power losses and general energy waste.  Installing an OES-11 filter can save any kind of business up to 25 percent on their electricity bill and keep their business moving soundly.

Clean HVAC Filters

Skipping HVAC filter changes is not saving as much as you may think. In fact, not changing filters can cause grime buildup that seriously affects indoor air quality and may have a detrimental effect on your equipment.

Since your equipment is an investment in your business you can’t cut corners when it comes to keeping everything in working order. Avoid equipment loss by changing your HVAC filters at a frequency recommended by the manufacturer.

Keep a Maintenance Log

When is the last time your equipment was repaired or inspected? If you don’t know or have no place to find out then you need a maintenance log.

Whether handwritten or on a computer a maintenance log can help you manage your time and resources more effectively when it comes to equipment upkeep. These kinds of records can also help you anticipate problems so you don’t lose time when something goes down unexpectedly. A log can also help you anticipate expenses so you don’t overspend on supplies you aren’t using.

 

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