Most of the energy saving tips you can find on the internet are about the same. Change light bulbs, turn off the lights, adjust thermostat settings, use energy star products, change air filters etc. There are some other ideas that may have a significant impact the energy cost of facilities such as plants, hospitals, hotels, government buildings and even amusement parks.

Five Energy Saving Ideas

  1. Shut down or open 1 hour later each day or switch to 4 day 10 hour day work week., adjust operating hours to maximize natural daylight time.
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” After 12 months, Utah’s experiment has been deemed so successful that a new acronym could catch on: TGIT (thank God it’s Thursday). The state found that its compressed workweek resulted in a 13% reduction in energy use and estimated that employees saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs.”

Source: Time Magazine The Four-Day Workweek Is Winning Fans

  1. Install lighting occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lights when leaving a room – cost $29-$300. There are two types of occupancy sensors: ultrasonic and infrared. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound, while infrared sensors detect heat and motion. Other options include maximizing natural daylight and installing daylighting sensors and digital timers.
  2. Unplug or turn off at power strip all computers and office equipment.
      • Almost any product with an external power supply, continuous display (including LED), or battery charger will continuously draw power upwards of 15 watts per device. This is commonly called a ghost or vampire charge. Standby modes or energy saver modes help during operational hours but powering off saves during non-operational hours. This includes copiers, printers, speakers, electronic displays and signage, microwaves and any other non-critical electronic device. left plugged in draws a ghost or vampire charge that can consume 15-30 watts per device.
      • Second advantage – personal computers were not built to run 24/7. A complete power down also clear caches and memory buffers enabling the computer to run better upon restart.

“The lifetime of your hard disk is typically limited by head-disk mechanical interactions and wear, rather than by electrical surges and thermal cycling during start-up.”Source: Frequently Asked Questions Answered by State University of New York at Albany

  1. If your company needs to transmit data in the middle of the night to a home office ask about rescheduling. Advances in technology have made transmissions in the middle of a night a non-issue.
  2. Partner with an Innovator. The stimulus package signed into law in 2009 allocated approximately $37 billion for renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation development. It is not difficult to identify companies doing research, building prototypes and looking for a testing ground for their innovation. Do not underestimate the value of being a test site for a new innovation. If it is a good product the image of your company also takes a good boost and you receive lots of free press.
  3. Convert your older building or facility to a green building. Conversion can save up to 30% on energy costs and up to 50% on water bills. Full conversion does not need to occur at one time. All assets have a useful lifecycle. Identify assets near the end of their useful lifecycle such as 15-20 year old HVAC units or older plumbing and lighting fixtures. Convert these assets according to the asset management and capital analysis tools developed from your Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system.

Although all of the ideas are based upon a little common sense, however, implementing them requires a well planned and executed change. All of the above ideas can be implemented more easily if incorporating an EAM to help track assets, handle preventive maintenance and schedule inspections for compliance or effectiveness (measurement of energy saving goals).

Please leave us a comment share with us other ideas you have run across.