Commit to an ongoing process
Effectively managing the energy in your building requires a commitment to a cycle of continuous improvement. Facility energy data should be monitored on an ongoing basis and compared to a baseline specific to your building. This allows you to measure improvements resulting from energy management activities and facilitates the identification of changes that are causing increased energy use.
Your facility's performance should also be benchmarked using key performance indicators. Benchmarking compares your performance to your peer group and subsequently helps you set targets for improvements.
Taking a closer look at your existing operations, occupant behaviour and maintenance programs along with energy benchmarking data may reveal low-cost/no-cost energy-saving actions that can be leveraged to support other energy upgrade activities. There are a host of easy-to-fix actions such as recalibrating poorly set timers that can go unnoticed for years on end and waste energy.
The following can be considered as a part of your routine building maintenance and energy management best practices program:
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