5 Simple Steps to Energy Efficiency in Buildings October 22, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow

 

It may feel like there are a lot of roadblocks between you and energy efficiency. Working with your team to find ways to finance energy projects isn’t easy, but once you get the ball rolling there will be tremendous opportunities for savings.

We’ve covered the fundamentals in this Roadmap to Energy Efficiency eBook, featuring a case study from Cassidy Turley. This article post offers a quick overview by examining the five steps for getting started.

1. Get to Know Your Building and Set Targets

First, benchmark your buildings with Energy Star, so you can see which of your buildings have the most room for improvement. Oftentimes, only a few simple changes are needed to raise your Energy Star Score by several points, with little to no upfront investment. When you can compare your buildings and identify low performers you can set strong, achievable goals.

 

2. Engage Your Team

Use your Energy Star Score to capture your teams attention, and then set motivational goals for the following few months, year, and five years. Then, prove you can be successful by sharing a case study of someone else’s success. Finally, you can present a clear plan to your team to get them on board so you can reach your target.

 

3. Collect Real-Time Energy Data

Before making any energy improvements, begin by metering so you can get an idea of how your buildings are behaving. The more data you have, the easier it will be to make educated, rational decisions to move forward with improvements.

4. Use Real-Time Energy Data to Make Operating Changes

Once you have real-time data, identify simple operating changes you can make, such as optimizing building scheduling, taking advantage of economizers, implementing lockouts, avoiding coincident runs, and lowering baseloads.

 

 

5. Utilize Advanced Green Building Energy Efficiency Practices

When you’re ready for a more granular view of your buildings, implement submetering so you can break down your building by use or by space. Web-enabled meters and wireless meters are making submetering less expensive and more feasible, and with more detailed information submetering can be your new secret weapon for improving profits.

 

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About The Author

When Samantha isn’t writing for the blog or managing our HR like a champ, she studies Organizational Psychology at George Washington University.