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8 Energy Management Tips

 

Energy efficiency is a great opportunity for businesses to save on costs, and energy management can help find those opportunities.

 

Energy Manager Today lined out some tips and steps to take when managing and maximizing energy cost savings.

 

  1. Understand your building’s functional, energy, and cost baselines.
  2. Rate your buildings.
  3. Perform focused energy audits.
  4. Develop and prioritize Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs).
  5. Identify incentive programs and funding sources.
  6. Project implementation and management.
  7. Perform measurement and verification.
  8. Keep track and continue to measure performance of equipment and systems.

 

Read more on how to implement these tips at Energy Manager Today.

12 Keys to Energy Management Success

So your company wants to succeed in energy management? A new white paper from Drumbeat Energy Management outlines 12 steps to help your company manage its energy use.

  • Management commitment
  • Funding
  • Response resources
  • Technical staff involvement
  • Coordinated plan and strategy
  • Focus
  • Feedback mechanisms
  • Appropriate timing
  • Sensitivity about morale
  • Investment and maintenance
  • Motivation
  • Maintaining momentum

Source: Energy Manager Today

 

By Gaylen Davenport

The Importance of Lighting Maintenance

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

It’s often overlooked, but proper lighting maintenance is a large part of reducing utility bills, especially for businesses where lighting accounts for an estimated 20 percent of the total energy used in commercial buildings.

More often than not, many businesses do not have a detailed lighting maintenance policy other than replacing burned-out bulbs. Poor lighting maintenance can lead to visual degradation, reducing worker productivity, and contribute to higher utility costs. Having an effective lighting maintenance policy includes having written procedures, training, management oversight, and inventory control.

Principles of Lighting Maintenance

A cost-effective way to reduce the overall cost of lighting is proper maintenance, which is often overlooked. Lighting levels tend to decrease over time because of aging light fixtures and gathering dust and film on lamps. This can reduce the total illumination by up to 50 percent.

Basic maintenance strategies can include cleaning the fixtures every 6-24 months, replacing lenses if they appear yellow, and considering group light replacement, which can help save on labor costs, keeps illumination high, and avoids stressing ballasts with dying lamps.

The second part of proper lighting maintenance for a business is developing a policy to serve as a guideline, not only for everyday maintenance practices, but for optimizing lighting systems on a year round basis.

The policy should include things like blueprints of the facility, fixture schedules, equipment and service provider contacts, procedures for relamping, and an overview of proper lamp and ballast disposal.

Providing proper training should also be included in a lighting maintenance plan such as cleaning, lamp and fixture replacement, and fixture inspection. Maintenance personnel should also be aware of different lighting types and the relative costs of each in a lighting system. Working with lighting professionals is an added bonus to maintaining knowledge of any new technologies or policy changes.

Replacing Lights and Fixtures

Finally, replacing lights and fixtures is an essential part of lighting system maintenance. There are two types of replacement: spot and group replacement. Spot replacement is replacing lamps as they burn out, and is the most commonly used technique in traditional maintenance programs.

Group replacement is replacing a set of lamps all at once. Many studies have shown that group replacements have higher lamp costs, while spot replacement requires higher labor costs. However, group replacement has a number of advantages over spot replacement including being easier to oversee and schedule.

Lighting systems are a main source of utility costs, and can deteriorate overtime, while continuing to use the same amount of energy. You can reduce utility bills and improve lighting efficiency through proper lighting maintenance.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

4 Steps to Meet Sustainability Goals

So you’ve succeeded in getting your company to set some sustainability goals, what now? Sustainability goals aren’t required, but are certainly a key in successfully saving your company money and utility costs.

Interface’s North Star goal, known today as Mission Zero, is a single public commitment to eliminate any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020. The company offers four tips in meeting your sustainability goals:

  • Find the elephant in the room: what is the single biggest driver for your company’s sustainability? It can be to reduce costs, energy use, or emissions.
  • Build you goal into the business: “the key thing that distinguishes early corporate social responsibility efforts from the modern movement toward sustainable business is whether you have a business strategy that links sustainability progress with increasing profitability.”
  • Align key business partners with your goals: finding key partners to help and guide your company through sustainability efforts will provide you with additional support and knowledge.
  • Measure and report transparently along the way: a near-term goal will help make your company accountable for progress toward your goals and make clear the progress that you are making.

Source: GreenBiz.com

10 Tips for Better Energy Management

Energy management and reducing energy is a goal for any business, especially when utility rates continue to climb. So here are ten tips for better energy management to help your business cut its energy use.

  • Engage objective experts: working with objective experts often yields the best results because they have no immediate stake in the results.
  • Set goals: a must in any business plan
  • Benchmark: use external benchmarking resources from EPA Energy Star to identify opportunities and best practices that are shared globally.
  • Invest in energy efficiency: when considering an efficiency project such as lighting retrofits, it’s important to prioritize them based on return on investment and successful implementation.
  • Monitor: monitoring energy and lighting use is an efficient way to reduce energy use
  • Measure performance
  • Involve and reward employees
  • Communicate
  • Share best practices throughout your organization: reducing consumption is a global team effort and requires collaboration from all levels. If one part of your business is efficient, it’s easy to expand to the rest of your organization.
  • Be transparent: let your customers know about your efficiency projects because many consumers consider a company’s practices before making a buying decision.

Source: GreenBiz.com

Halloween Shines with LED

It’s that time of the year where ghosts, ghouls, and goblins trick or treat in the dark of night. While you set up your haunted house this year, make sure to keep LED in mind.

The latest Halloween merchandise feature LED lights that are more cost-effective and energy-saving than traditional lights. And the costs add up when you’re a business.

But you don’t have to spend a ton of green to be “green.”

Here are a few tips for using more efficient Halloween lights:

  • Wrap purple and orange LED Halloween lights around trees
  • Instead of a candle in your jack-o-lantern, try a strand of white or yellow LED lights
  • Cover a witch’s broom with purple LED lights to light up a costume or decoration
  • Animate LED light strands on your home to classic Halloween theme songs

Source: Beacon News

Your Company as a Green Leader

So you’ve retrofitted your lighting system. What’s next? Here is a short, but very informative article about how a company can position themselves as a leader in the green movement, and use their recent upgrade to their marketing benefit.

SustainAbility and GlobeScan conducted several surveys over the past few years and found several attributes that appear in leading green businesses:

  • Have a strong vision
  • Address critical challenges
  • Propose big ideas
  • Think long term
  • Commit significant resources
  • Show evidence of integration
  • Have a prominent CEO
  • Communicate effectively

Source: GreenBiz

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