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6 Tips for Improving Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Your Facilities

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Hero Facility Services | Energy Efficient

As the world becomes increasingly focused on environmental sustainability, it's more important than ever for facility managers to prioritize energy efficiency in their buildings. Not only is this good for the environment, but it can also help organizations save money on energy costs and improve their reputation as responsible corporate citizens. Here are some tips for improving energy efficiency and sustainability in your facilities.

6 Tips for Improving Energy Efficiency

  1. Conduct an energy audit: The first step in improving energy efficiency is to understand where your facility's energy is being used. Conduct an energy audit to identify areas where energy is being wasted or used inefficiently. This will give you a starting point for identifying opportunities to improve efficiency. From there projects can be analyzed and ROIs calculated.

  2. Upgrade lighting systems: Lighting is one of the biggest energy consumers in most buildings. Older style lighting can be as much as 60% of a building’s heat load. Upgrading to LED lighting can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower costs. Installing occupancy sensors can also help reduce energy waste by turning off lights when rooms are unoccupied. A word of warning, older buildings may have relied on this heat load during the winter months and supplemental heat may be required to achieve adequate heating during unusually cold days.

  3. Upgrade HVAC systems: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are also major energy consumers. Upgrading to high-efficiency equipment, adjusting set points and night set-back can reduce energy consumption and save money totaling up to 30% of a commercial building’s energy consumption. Regular maintenance of HVAC equipment is also important to keep it running at peak efficiency.

  4. Install smart building technology: Smart building technology can help facility managers monitor and control energy use in real-time. Building automation systems can adjust lighting and HVAC settings based on occupancy, time of day, and other factors. This can help reduce energy waste and optimize building performance.

  5. Implement a sustainability plan: Developing a sustainability plan can help you set goals and track progress towards reducing your facility's environmental impact. This can include goals for reducing energy consumption, using renewable energy sources, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable practices throughout the organization.

  6. Educate building occupants: Educating building occupants about energy conservation can help encourage sustainable behavior and reduce energy waste. This can include simple actions like turning off lights when leaving a room, unplugging electronics when not in use, and using natural light instead of artificial lighting.

By implementing these and other energy-saving strategies, facility managers can improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, and promote sustainability in their buildings. As a national facility maintenance company, Hero Facility Services is committed to helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals through innovative facility management solutions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve energy efficiency in your facilities nationwide.

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