- Collecting energy data
- Analyzing energy data
- Taking action to target the best opportunities to save energy
- Tracking your energy saving progress
- Efficient occupant behaviour
- Daily operations and maintenance
Beyond the day-to-day behaviour of your occupants, there are other building operations and maintenance strategies and routines that you can employ to maximize your building's efficiency, reduce its upkeep costs and lengthen its life. Continuous attention to your building will yield cost-saving opportunities throughout its entire life cycle.
What you can do:
- Start early and develop an energy management checklist for your building.
- Continually engage key external and internal building stakeholders with newsletters, updates, cost savings information:
- implement energy management best practices programs
- communicate the importance of energy efficiency activities.
- Monitor and evaluate daily usage of equipment and facilities.
- Keep abreast of changing energy management trends - subscribe to our monthly building sector energy efficiency newsletter Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency.
Energy monitoring and benchmarking are essential components of your energy management plan. Regular monitoring will allow you to see your energy use patterns and set a baseline for comparison once you start implementing energy efficiency measures. Monitoring will also ensure that any performance trends in the wrong direction are spotted quickly so that they can be corrected.
Building maintenance is another important part of your energy management plan, because poor building maintenance can lead to significant energy inefficiencies. Poor maintenance can result in excessive wear leading to damage to your equipment or building envelope. Not only does this have a detrimental effect on your energy efficiency, but it shortens the lifespan of your building and its equipment, which costs you money.
You may wish to consider contracting to service providers that are trained and understand energy management best practices.
Although your equipment, and even your building itself, will eventually reach the end of its lifespan, investment in regular maintenance will ensure that this doesn't happen prematurely. This will save you money, reduce your contribution to landfills, and increase your overall energy efficiency.
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