Facility management teams still have a long way to go when it comes to energy management in order to achieve a significant decrease in utility consumption and costs. That is, of course, without sacrificing facility operations. Energy management means smart use and control to increase efficiency while overcoming potential costly challenges:
- Real-time energy use management: understanding and evaluating energy management must be done in real time in order to be able to adjust when necessary and before a specific situations becomes a bigger problem. Real-time data allows building facility managers to identify issues instantaneously so they can be corrected and adjusted while also prevent critical status like shutdowns. Real time means detecting any red flag before it can affect the entire system.
- Focus on the measurements: Work with Energy Management Systems (EMS) to obtain real time accurate data. Facility managers need not only current monitoring equipment but also efficient processing software otherwise the measurements become useless and meaningless. That load of information can’t be manually processed in order to comply with real time measurements and improve the system effectiveness and functionality.
- Energy consumption: an efficient use of energy can only be met when resources and its use are part of the same general strategy that feeds from real data gathered every day, week, month and year. Identifying trends, peaks in demand, downtime, managing consumption, etc. can result in more benefits: reducing peak demand during summer months saves electricity costs and overall greenhouse gas emissions per kW.
- Create and integrated plan: energy management requires working with direction towards clear goals tan can be measured, combining short, medium and long term strategies that include evaluating every possible save and improvement in the use of energy, waste, water, system/facility.
- Leadership to achieve the facility management solutions: Leadership will empower all of the preview points and allow facility executives to increase efficiency, while overcoming volatile energy costs, hidden expenses of aging equipment and budget constraints.