This article will describe how preventive maintenance and inspections as part of a CMMS software solution can help Churches and Religious Institutions lower their energy costs.
Churches Energy Drains
Churches have always been known for their spacious design from high ceilings in Cathedrals to the massive auditoriums in modern mega churches. Although beautiful, these designs require a high amount of energy to heat and cool. Part of church asset management is the ability to control energy costs.
Large areas are not the only church assets that require efficient energy use. Other areas are:
- Meeting rooms
- Church schools
- Lighted sports fields
As energy costs have sky rocketed, it is imperative that churches pay more attention to maintaining assets in optimal working order to avoid unnecessary energy costs. This can be done using CMMS software.
CMMS Will Keep Assets Energy Efficient
When assets are properly maintained they require less energy to operate. For example, the HVAC units used to heat and cool auditoriums use less energy if the filters are cleaned/replaced regularly or making sure that classroom doors and windows seal properly.
A CMMS system helps churches manage the maintenance on assets by organizing assets so that regular scheduled preventive maintenance, inspections and repairs can take place. For example, preventive maintenance may be the changing of HVAC filters, inspections can be performed to make sure doors work properly and subsequent repairs can be done on any asset that is identified as having a problem.
By scheduling preventive maintenance and inspections, larger problems are discovered early possibly preventing major repairs or capital replacement. Church CMMS software automates much of the work management process to ensure that labor is as efficient as possible.
The Unexpected Benefits of CMMS Energy Management
The obvious benefit of good church energy maintenance practices using CMMS is lower energy bills. However, this is not the only benefit churches and religious institutions will see when they use CMMS software. Other benefits include but are not limited to:
- Extended asset lifecycle: When assets are properly maintained using a CMMS system they will not only be more energy efficient but they will last longer.
- Fewer emergency repairs: Because inspections and preventive are performed on a regular basis, assets will break down less often lowering labor costs.
- Condition of assets: CMMS records all work history for each asset. Every inspection report, work request and work order is recorded so that church asset managers always know the condition of their assets.