Top 15 ways in which to save energy
Experts dish out tips to businesses & properties on how to save energy
Experts from the facilities management field share their top tips on saving energy:
1. Diagnose and report; run an energy assessment and audit of the facility, to identify the current consumption profile and identify savings opportunities.
2. Create awareness and training on energy use and practices by designing and establishing an awareness campaign.
3. Appoint an internal energy committee to create and supervise action plans and reporting.
4. Upgrade the equipment to modern energy efficiency levels.
5. Integrate energy efficiency and CSR as part of the business acumen.
6. Commitment begins at the top and the importance of achieving energy savings must be recognised in order to implement behavioural and system changes further down the organisation.
7. Define targets with a robust energy management policy and a road map within the business to achieve goals. Targets have a high success rate, if they are defined with a detailed plan and review process.
8. Promote awareness of the energy savings plan to all stakeholders. This gives way to further ideas, knowledge share, methodologies and builds momentum in achieving savings targets.
9. Engage a reputable company with the correct technical competencies to conduct a 3rd party onsite energy audit and advise on energy efficiencies.
10. Communicate appreciation internally when targets are achieved and encourage a culture that promotes a personal duty of care towards the environment for the current and coming generations.
11. Re-commission your plants. Most plants such as Air Handling Units, Air Conditioners etc are oversized and Air Flow Rates and Set Temperatures etc can be reduced / changed.
12. You can save up to 80% on your lighting energy by simply replacing your existing bulbs with light emitting diodes (LED’s). LED lights last far longer than conventional light bulbs and have lower maintenance costs. Another added bonus of switching to energy efficient lighting is it lowers your cooling costs as LEDs give off less heat, meaning you can reduce your need for air conditioning which in turn saves money.
13. Switch to high efficiency air conditioners or install energy saving devices – by doing this you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 20%.
14. You can also reduce your cooling costs with landscape shading. Planting trees, shrubs, and plants around your home / office strategically can reduce heat radiation and cool the air before it reaches your home's exterior and windows.
15. By properly insulating and air sealing your home or office, you can reduce your air conditioning costs by keeping more of the cool air inside.
To read the full interview with the panel of experts - Dar Danesh from Energy Advantage Middle East, Markus Oberlin from Farnek Avireal, Karim Boutaour from Honeywell Building Solutions, Alexandre Mussallam from MAF Dalkia, and Simon Roopchand from Emrill Services - read the February 2013 issue of Facilities Management Middle East.