Boost the Bottom Line: 3 Steps to Turn Energy Drains into Cost Savings
As a business owner or facility manager, you know that every penny counts regarding the bottom line. It's no secret that energy costs are a significant expense for most companies, but did you know there are ways to turn those energy drains into cost savings?
Take these 3 simple steps to boost your bottom line, reduce your carbon footprint, and make your energy work for you:
1. Look for Leaks
Have you ever had a dripping faucet that just won't stop? It's annoying, wasteful, can become unhygienic, and adds up over time. The same goes for energy drains in your commercial facility.
What's more, just because you don't hear or see anything, that doesn't mean there's an issue you need to address. These are the quiet moments that can quickly lead to emergent situations. A trained FM company can save you trouble by helping you catch all types of leaks before you end up spending thousands.
Would you rather spend a little and catch an emerging issue or spend a lot when a pipe bursts or your HVAC compressor dies?
From leaving lights on in empty rooms to running inefficient HVAC systems, these energy leaks can drain your bottom line. To tackle these energy leaks, conduct an energy audit of your facility to identify areas where energy is wasted. You may find your lighting system could be updated with more energy-efficient LED bulbs or that your building’s HVAC system could be upgraded with a more efficient model.
2. Practice Efficiency
Just like muscle, energy (and your employees) can be trained to work more efficiently. One of the simplest ways to do this is by encouraging employees to be more mindful of their energy usage.
Implement a "turn it off" campaign where employees are encouraged to turn off lights and electronics when not in use and install automatic light sensors in rooms that are not always utilized (like a bathroom).
Outsourced service providers, like an FM company that you have formed a great working relationship with can help you identify these places. After all, they probably clean them, so they know where high-traffic areas are.
3. Add in Automations
Energy is a valuable resource, and it’s not cheap. Make the most of your energy "bank account" and maximize your cost savings by implementing a smart building automation system that goes beyond simple light sensors.
Consider systems that can automatically adjust heating and cooling usage based on occupancy and weather factors, and consider implementing renewable energy sources like solar panels or heat pumps to further reduce your carbon footprint. Pro Tip: Look for green energy rebates in your local town, city, county, or state to save even more.
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