Improving energy efficiency in your facilities

northclackamas_HS_100Controlling energy costs in facilities is always a challenge, especially for large-scale organizations.

I was recently reading the City of Chicago’s 2014 energy benchmarking report. Last year, the city required municipal and commercial buildings larger than 250,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, verify data accuracy, and report to the city.

The policy was put into place to, as the city describes it, “create a foundation of information for efforts to unlock significant energy savings.” Phased implementation through 2016 will include commercial, municipal, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.

Many of the recommendations revolve around turning off lights or other electronics in unused areas and using energy efficient electronics. However, there were a few suggestions that would require slightly more technical solutions.

One of the suggestions for improving energy efficiency in large campus organization was to sub-meter campus buildings so that energy use can be more accurately measured and tracked. As the saying goes, if you can measure it, you can manage it. Whether it’s steam or chilled water, tracking and verifying current usage is great way to audit the energy used in your facility.

Tracking changes can have immediate effect on the bottom line, especially for hospitals that are not-for-profit. “Due to low operating margins in non-profit healthcare facilities, the bottom-line impact of a dollar saved on energy costs can be equivalent to generating $10-20 in new revenue.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of spot check audits, we’ll be hosting a webinar on March 12th discussing “Six Critical Things You Can Learn From a Flow Spot Check.”

2014 City of Chicago Building Energy Bench-marking Report

RAECO LIC LLC offers a number of clamp-on and in-line flow meters for measuring water or steam.

Clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters
GE AquaTrans AT600 Panametrics Single Channel Clamp-On Liquid Ultrasonic Flow Transmitter
GE TransPort PT878 Panametrics Portable Liquid Ultrasonic Flowmeter

RAECO LIC LLC is the authorized representative of GE Measurement and Control in the U.S. Midwest.

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