Make energy efficiency a facilities management priority

Make energy efficiency a facilities management priority

Energy costs are on the rise. So, it’s understandable that many companies are focusing on this area to reduce their overall operating costs to increase profitability. For this reason, developing and implementing strong energy efficiency programs have become an essential aspect of facilities management.

A recent survey by DNV GL (of 500 USA-based commercial facility managers) showed that most facilities managers view energy efficiency as a proven area in which operational costs can be reduced, and one where more investment is needed to help companies operate more efficiently.

Reduction of 20 to 30% is possible

It is possible for companies to reduce their energy consumption by 20 to 30%, which translates into enormous savings on operational costs. The problem is that many companies are struggling to meet this goal. The solution is to tighten up on energy saving protocols, implement procedures that are proven to work, and raise awareness of energy efficiency as a company investment strategy rather than just a facilities management issue.

Develop intensive energy saving strategies

Facilities management departments that are successful in significantly reducing energy consumption are those that have made energy efficiency a priority. Developing sound strategies for energy efficiency requires a thorough and detailed analysis of all processes that take place within the company, looking for ways in which energy can be conserved or reduced in every area. Once a strategy has been developed, it should be implemented consistently will all staff – from bottom level employees to management – receiving education and information on energy saving procedures.

Proven solutions that save energy

When you consider that almost half of the energy consumed in the USA is used by commercial and industrial facilities, it’s no wonder that energy consumption should be of great concern to organizations. Energy efficient LED lighting and HVAC systems designed to use less power are just two simple ways that energy use can be reduced. For facilities that rely on machinery, streamlining processes to reduce operating time can also have a significant impact on energy efficiency.

Take advantage of outside solutions

There are several vendors and consultants who specialize in energy efficient solutions to deliver long-term energy saving results. These services should be seen as an investment to improve the profitability of a company. In addition, many states now require organizations to implement energy efficiency programs. Support at state and federal level has many benefits that companies should take advantage of, such as information and guidance regarding the latest energy saving procedures as well as incentive programs to reduce the risk of the sometimes large investments required to upgrade facilities.

Raise awareness at executive level

Energy efficiency is not just a facilities management issue. The DNV GL survey showed that organizations, where energy efficiency decisions are made at an executive level, are more likely to implement successful energy efficiency programs. This requires strong leadership skills from facility managers: they must raise awareness of the importance of saving energy and justify the cost of investing in upgrading facilities to become more energy efficient.

Manifest offers a range of flexible and reliable facilities management services. We provide professional assistance and work with you to ensure that your business facilities operate efficiently and cost-effectively. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us today.