As we head into 2014, there’s no doubt that saving energy will be at the forefront for all facilities managers and building owners. But improving energy efficiency doesn’t have to consume all of your time; there are thousands of suggestions and ideas readily available (if you know where to look).
To close out 2013, here are some free online resources you can bookmark and use in 2014 to keep your energy savings in check, and set some new green goals …
30 Easy Ways to Save Energy
Ever thought about coasting for the last hour of your building’s daily operations? Or relocating thermostats to improve temperature readings being sent to your HVAC system? This list from BOMA offers great ideas just like these.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
From frequently used acronyms to case studies about savings realized by facilities like Alliance Center and the Christman Building after undergoing deep energy retrofits … this resource features information on almost everything a facilities manager might need to reference.
No Vacancy: How Energy Efficiency Impacts Commercial Property Management
This guide presents unique information about ways to market your building’s energy-efficiency features, advice on sharing the cost of green retrofits with tenants, and ideas for new sustainability upgrades to try.
Saving Energy in Commercial Buildings
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Segmented by building system type, this comprehensive checklist features ideas for air-handling units, constant volume air handling units, variable air volume air-handling units, boilers, building envelope, chilled water systems, domestic hot water systems, lighting, metering, and so much more.
Stamp Out Energy Waste
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. DOE’s ENERGY STAR program offers this list of best practices that is being used by leading ENERGY STAR partners across the country to trim energy waste at virtually no cost.
Office Energy Checklist
U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program
Looking for a quick list you can follow to start seeing immediate savings on your building’s utility bills? Check out this compilation of actions that can conserve energy without much effort.
What free resources do you count on most for energy management ideas and advice?