This week I’m taking my car to the dealership to have it serviced. If you postpone your car’s routine servicing or wait five years to get the oil changed, it will no longer be efficient (You will be lucky if it even runs!). Staying on top of routine maintenance for facilities is just as important and has a direct impact on energy savings.
As businesses scramble to cut costs and increase profits, energy efficiency is often overlooked as a solution. The reality is that significant energy savings are readily available in nearly every building. In this blog post, I will share a few tips for using FMX to meet your energy efficiency goals.
Tip #1: OFF = Maximum efficiency
Savings can be achieved in nearly every building by turning equipment off when it is not needed. This tip sounds simple, however I commonly see HVAC equipment that is running 24/7 in facilities.
This happens because the facilities managers have no means of tracking a building schedule. All it takes for the system to be overridden to “ON” is one or two complaints from someone coming in after hours to an uncomfortable room.
FMX solves this problem by presenting building occupants with an easy, convenient method to schedule after hours activities. Communication is key, and staff members should be encouraged to buy-in to the organization’s energy efficiency goals. Additionally, organizations can adopt the policy that after hours, the default state of equipment is OFF. If occupants want the equipment ON, their event needs to be scheduled in FMX.
Tip #2: Planned maintenance increases energy efficiency
It is common knowledge that a proper maintenance plan plays a key role to extending the life of equipment. A less known benefit is that proper maintenance also increases energy efficiency!
By utilizing a CMMS system like FMX, a facilities manager can easily keep track of all preventive maintenance tasks for their equipment. This will reduce the amount of equipment downtime and ensure that energy savings are maintained over the long term. Furthermore, by scheduling recurring planned maintenance tasks and reminders well into the future, FMX will prevent those tasks from falling through the cracks.
Tip #3: Find the balance between comfort and efficiency
Comfort and energy efficiency are often at odds with one another. The most efficient way to operate a building would be to turn all of the equipment off all of the time. Obviously this is not possible without seriously impacting occupant comfort. Conversely, the most comfortable way to operate a building is to run it 24/7.
The key to successful energy savings is to find the middle ground between energy efficiency and comfort. When you start making changes to optimize your facilities you will identify occupant comfort zones and discover how far you can push the envelope. During this experimentation phase it is critical to maintain effective communication with the building occupants. FMX is the perfect tool for this job. If a comfort issue arises, a building occupant can file a complaint and allow you to quickly resolve comfort issues before they get out of hand. FMX utilizes automatic email notifications throughout the entire process; from the time the complaint is submitted until the issue is resolved, so everyone stays in the loop regarding the status of the request.
I hope you enjoyed these simple tips on how you can use FMX to improve the energy efficiency of your facility!
President & Founder