Reach Your Goals During COVID-19 and Beyond
How is your facility’s energy efficiency?
It’s a question many building managers and owners are wrestling with. The necessity to cut carbon emissions and energy consumption has obvious global impact now, with plenty of pressure and encouragement on facilities to respond.
The creators of Energy Efficiency Day, for one, remind everyone that pursuing energy-efficiency is a year-round effort, with a goal to “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.” Fortunately, this goal can still be reached, even in these unpredictable times.
Energy Efficiency During COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has spread plenty of uncertainty throughout virtually every aspect of public and private life, including the current and future uses of commercial buildings. The future of facilities may depend on our reaction to the pandemic. Can you plan for success?
The creators of Energy Efficiency Day point out that building owners could turn this period of transition to their benefit:
“To retain tenants or keep the current size of tenant spaces, building owners could offer energy-saving retrofits. The retrofits will provide a healthier and more secure physical work environment and simultaneously drive down operating costs. With many buildings still mostly empty, now is an excellent time to access and retro-commission building energy efficiency to inform building retrofits.”
You Have Energy-Efficient Options
Energy-efficient upgrades can be made to facilities in a number of areas:
- Digital services like building controls can analyze, assess and leverage energy consumption and real-time or periodic data for more efficient building operation.
- LED lighting and controls can cut energy consumption, lower electricity bills and provide a safer and more productive workplace. Recent advancements in Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology can go further, providing actionable data for a wealth of benefits.
- HVAC upgrades can address and solve efficiency problems in refrigeration, boilers and ventilation systems. Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) customize controls to manage the speed of motors throughout the HVAC system.
- Solar and storage can generate and store reliable energy onsite, cutting carbon emissions and stabilizing your facility during grid outages.
These are just a few of the energy efficiency solutions that facility owners can take advantage of during the pandemic and beyond. Other cost-saving ideas include combined heat and power (CHP), Electric vehicle (EV) charging and intelligent load management.
Smarter Energy, Smarter Buildings
Energy efficiency is a concern that’s here to stay, with potential for facilities to cut both costs and consumption at the same time. We work with our clients to first assess their facility’s energy consumption and needs, identify areas and technologies that could help and design turnkey solutions that make their building more intelligent and efficient.