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In warm climates, consider installing a cool roof.
Add roof insulation.
Don’t invest in “power factor controllers” to save energy.
Take advantage of rebates when replacing cooking equipment.
Energy management is a process, not a project.
Think before you locate new refrigerating equipment.
Use the economizer cycle to cool a building at night.
Save energy by reducing pump and fan capacities.
When deciding on a chiller, be sure to request data on chiller efficiency, including at part load, from the manufacturer.
Make sure aluminum windows have thermal breaks for proper insulation.
Allow elevators to shut down slowly.
When sizing UPS equipment for network closets, use full load calculations for the protected equipment.
Set water temps to 120° F outside kitchen areas.
Get students involved in saving energy.
Don’t pre-rinse dishes excessively before placing in the dishwasher.
Monitor and maintain UPS batteries.
Consider load shifting via a thermal energy storage system.
Consider a heat recovery system for dryers.
When designing the size and placement of your facility’s windows, do so with the characteristics of the interior walls in mind.
Take a systems approach to improving equipment.
Consider installing energy-efficient elevators.
Increase the efficiency of a boiler by installing an economizer.
Don’t overlook ice machines when attempting to reduce energy consumption.
Consider a variable speed drive motor.
Energy efficient motors matter. Use NEMA standards to guide you.
Control multiple fans with a single variable frequency drive.
Repair or Replace Boiler Insulation.
Appoint various employees or residents to spearhead your energy management plan.
Make sure that properly trained staff operate well-maintained equipment.
Install floor insulation in walk-in refrigerators and freezers.
When constructing a new building or replacing older systems, consider installing a variable speed drive chiller and/or a geothermal heat pump.
Consider the cost of energy when retrofitting lighting systems.
Study the nameplates on motors for important information.
Implement cooling best practices in data centers.
Raise the efficiency of your hot-water system by doing a few strategic things.
Turn off standby food warming equipment when not in use.
Distribute daylight evenly.
Convert a terminal reheat system to a variable air volume system (VAVS) for significant savings.
Find and fix faulty steam traps.
Install multiple boilers.
Disaster does strike. Be prepared.
Address power quality problems.
Raise the thermostat on AC without causing discomfort to occupants.
Use these three simple and effective light savers.
Match the size of the job to the size of the equipment.
Add electric radiant heat to warehouses.
Keep boiler insulation in good condition.
Operate laundry services during off-peak times.
Consider an electric heat pump system.
If your chiller isn’t equipped with variable speed drive (VSD), use low-voltage soft starters.
Prevent simultaneous heating and cooling.
Use pumps to reduce pressure losses in the cooling plant distribution system.
In plants with multiple cooling towers and chillers, run all the water over the tower fills when possible.
Think point of use
Decrease your building’s heating set point to 70 degrees when occupied and to 62 degrees when unoccupied.
Consider a thermal storage system when designing your chiller plant.
When trying to improve overall system efficiency, look beyond the motor.
Add skylights to your facility if feasible.
Create an organizational energy management manual.
Monitor chilled water plant efficiency
Encourage employees to turn off computers, monitors, printers, and copiers when they are not being used.
With ice machines, bigger may be better.
Consider electronic air cleaners in building air handling units instead of standard bag or cartridge filters.
Use ceiling fans in summer and winter.
Install motion activated nightlights in bathrooms.
Serve meals on one large plate instead of several smaller ones to reduce dishwashing.
Fix infiltration leaks wherever possible.
Reduce or remove bulbs in vending machines.
To reduce emissions, use battery-powered forklifts.
Take advantage of electric braising pans
Install a blowdown heat exchanger on larger steam boilers that have continuous blowdown.
Make sure all individual parts of the larger system are working properly.
Go high-efficiency with condenser fan motors.
In certain situations, displacement ventilation offers advantages.
Insulate any uninsulated brick walls for significant energy savings.
Do regular after hours facility walk throughs.
Wall color is important.
Look at system efficiency in addition to unit efficiency when making decisions about energy conservation.
Ditch the old dishwasher.
“Soft starting” a motor has some benefits, but energy conservation isn’t one of them.
Think of each guest room as a savings opportunity.
Check pool water temperatures regularly to ensure heaters are working properly.
If there is a need for process heat, consider making hot water from boiler stacks rather than an economizer.
Use HVAC filters and change them regularly.
Update to T8 or T5.
Install vending machine controls to cut power consumption by an average of 50 percent.
Properly light hallways and corridors.
Inspect and repair boilers.
Check out new energy-saving, water heating technologies.
When working with facility managers to reduce energy costs, use tracking systems to ensure ongoing savings.
For smaller facilities that that rely on traditional commercial washers and dryers, consider upgrading to energy-efficient models.
Install occupancy sensors in guest rooms and rooms that aren’t used often.
Inspect and maintain boilers.
Good lighting design is worth the investment.
Keep your chiller’s coils clean for better performance and energy efficiency
Choose a motor with a sufficient horsepower rate.
Meeting energy saving building codes isn’t the end of the story.
Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible.
Oversized can be better.
Make your data center’s power system as mistake proof as possible.
Save thousands of dollars annually by outfitting energy-efficient equipment in your facility’s kitchen.
A hot running motor is a sign.
To reduce peak and off-peak energy costs, use variable speed drives on pumps, fans, and compressors operating at varying loads.
Exit Signs can be a fast way to cut costs.
Consider Variable Speed Drives on Pumps and Fans.
Install a boiler economizer
Consider the average life of a motor to be at least 15 years.
Recover Flash Steam.
Analyze a plant’s compressed air requirements over time.
Consider replacing older pool heating and pumping systems with new, more efficient ones.
Consider Water-Loop Heat Pumps.
For reliable and accurate plant monitoring, a flow meter based on electromagnetic induction or ultrasonic sensing provides accuracy and long term stability.
Develop an appropriate tracking system for your facility’s energy use data.
When practical, recover and reuse waste heat from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
Carefully evaluate whether to replace a functioning motor with a more energy efficient one.
Reduce Pumping Power in Cooling Systems.
To keep a building’s indoor air quality high, address moisture problems promptly.
Locate refrigerators away from heat sources.
Install water-saving showerheads.
Seal exterior cracks and holes, and ensure tight-fitting windows.
Select replacement windows with a 0.46 U-value or better.
With walls, roofs and floors, think “opaque.”
Book rooms in clusters.
Clean heat exchangers and perform routine maintenance on refrigerating equipment.
Incorporate motion detectors where they make sense.
Install occupancy sensors and automated controls in guest rooms to control temperature and lighting.
Consider commissioning or retrocommissioning your facility.
Use energy estimating software as an Analysis Tool.
Match a boiler’s size to its load.
If feasible, use warm water recycling equipment.
Balance ballast costs with bulb life cost savings.
Think EMC: Electrically Commutated Motors.
Continually inspect the building envelope for signs of deterioraiton.
Choose the proper pipe insulation.
Clean and maintain the HVAC mechanical system regularly for greatest (to maximize) efficiency.
Don’t waste flash steam by venting into the atmosphere.
Replace light switches in walk-in refrigerators and freezers with occupancy sensors.
Buy energy-efficient vehicles.
To improve chiller performance, monitor outside air temperature and humidity.
Make sure your data center’s supplemental cooling system is properly designed.
Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents and LEDs.
In chilled water plants, use an economizer in air handling units.
Consider full-range and step fluorescent dimming systems.
For holiday lighting displays, consider LED lights and other new technologies.
Show employees your company’s electric bill.
In order to evaluate your facility’s energy performance, gather information on how, when, and where your energy is being used.
When troubleshooting problems with motors, list and study the symptoms.
For better heating efficiency, make minor repairs and improvements to the HVAC mechanical system.
Use candlelight in dining rooms during evening hours.
Replace damaged or missing strip curtains on walk-in coolers and freezers.
Select the appropriate motor size for the particular application.
Replace old vending machines with newer, more efficient models.
Trim the pump impeller in the cooling plant’s distribution system.
Use ceiling fans.
Buy energy-efficient electronic equipment.
Reduce energy waste in boiler operations using O2 trimmers.
Continuously evaluate and improve common plant systems such as motors, compressed air, steam, and process heating.
Perform your own energy audits regularly.
Light only what you need: Use bi-level lighting controls.
Establish an energy management policy with buy-in from top management.
Consider the cost of energy when retrofitting lighting systems.
Utilize interior window treatments to reduce heat loss and solar gain.
Use window tint or reflective coatings to minimize unwanted solar heat gain.
Use microwaves when possible.
Test drive various electric cooking equipment.
Use a water-side economizer system when cool air supplied to a space must be kept within tight humidity limits.
Motor management matters.
Match your data center’s cooling capacity and airflow with its IT loads.
Replace inside and outside mercury lamps
In facilities such as congregations and schools, keep track of how meeting space and classrooms are used.
Cover pools and hot tubs when not in use to prevent heat loss.
Save on energy costs with high-efficiency compressor systems.
Ozone launderging systems offer savings.
Use digital fieldbuses to pinpoint inefficiencies.
Take advantage of energy efficiency rebates.
Think in threes when calculating the power requirements for your data systems.
Use steam turbines to capture energy losses from pressure-reducing valves (PRVs).
Increase the amount of natural light you use and receive lower utility bills.
Improve Your Lighting Control.
If your water pressure exceeds 40 to 50 psi, install a pressure-reducing valve and reduce energy costs.
It happens at the rack.
Install instrumentation to monitor a chiller’s kW/ton performance in realtime.
Go with the low-flow.
Make sure you’re working with the right motor.
Review compressor air pressure requirements.
Take advantage of rebates on refrigeration equipment.
Match the pan size to the element size when using an electric cooktop.
Consider sequencing your boiler system.
Retrofit to reduce air infiltration.
Get “free” hot water when you’re cooling.
Reduce the amount of paving around a building to keep buildings cooler in summer.
In warehouses and similar facilities, go with the fluo–linear fluorescents
Calibrate pneumatic thermostats every three to six months to avoid loss of efficiency.
Consult energy experts.
For rooms or spaces that aren’t occupied often, use occupancy sensors.
Know the high cost of inappropriately preheating cooking equipment.
When it comes to lighting, consider more than first cost.
Leaks can add to unnecessary air compressor capacity.
Investigate the purchase of refrigeration equipment that offers heat recovery options.
When evaluating economizer options for cooling systems, consider the energy saving trade offs.
Switch to demand controlled ventilation.
If you use patio heaters, consider infrared electric radiant heaters.
When replacing older HVAC equipment, look into high efficiency models.
Establish a daily schedule for cleaning cooking equipment.
Add glass doors to multi-deck display cases.
Work with housekeeping and janitorial staff to ensure lights aren’t left on needlessly.
Raise chilled water supply temperatures for better centrifugal chiller efficiency.