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The Third Day of Maintenance: Energy Conservation

By FacilityDude
Dec 05, 2013

Maintenance, Facilities Management

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3 When it comes to facility maintenance, there seems to be an endless list of things needing repair or improvement. For the third day of maintenance we are giving you our own list of easy and obvious ways to save energy that you may have overlooked, one for each remaining day of holiday maintenance. Feel free to check it twice, or maybe even once a month, to make sure you are taking the most basic steps for energy efficiency.

  1. Turn your lights off at night. This is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money, yet many buildings keep their lights on throughout the evening. Cut the lights and save a few bucks. If you have a facility that is occupied around the clock, FacilitiesNet recommends developing an economize mode, providing lights only to where it is needed. 
  2. Change your light bulbs. According to Energy Star, nearly 70 percent of light sockets in the U.S. are home to inefficient light bulbs. Energy Star LED bulbs and other efficient light bulbs will conserve energy and last longer, meaning fewer expenses on replacements in the future.
  3. Make sure your windows are properly sealed. Heat will pour out of poorly sealed windows. Fortunately, the fix is easy with the proper sealant.
  4. Get a programmable thermostat. There is no need to keep a building heated at night if there is no one in it. Turn down the heat in the evening and save energy. Idea lightbulb
  5.  While you are at it, turn down the heat during the day, too. 68 degrees Fahrenheit is an appropriate temperature for the winter. Just don't go any lower in the pursuit of savings.
  6. Lower blinds and shades at night. Glass is a poor insulator, and these barriers help to retain heat absorbed during the day. The better the heat retention at night, the less energy required to maintain heat the next day.
  7. Open the blinds during the day. For rooms that have a lot of direct sunlight, you will want to let it shine. Direct solar gain can passively heat a building and take the burden off heaters and boilers.
  8. Use power strips. By having all of your power cords plugged into one source, you can easily turn off all devices with the flick of a switch. Some power strips even detect when a device isn't being used and turns off its power consumption, according to Samsung.
  9. Don't keep your refrigerators so cold. Fridges are a huge drain on energy, but most office refrigerators don't need to be kept at sub-Arctic temperatures. Make sure your fridges are kept at appropriate temperatures and no colder than they need to be.
  10. Keep track of work orders and maintenance checks with FacilityDude's MaintenanceEdge. One of the easiest ways to pinpoint energy inefficiency in a building is to look at components that need constant repair or receive numerous resident complaints. Drafty rooms and temperature adjustment requests are just a couple of signs that your facility is energy inefficient. Keeping track of routine maintenance can also help lower facility maintenance costs by addressing problems before they get out of hand.
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