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06. 1. 2018

Water Down the Drain: How Full Deployment of Facilities Efficiency Nets Better Capital Spend

Improving facilities efficiency rests on the cusp of knowing what systems and assets require energy and how those systems impact profit margins. Improving efficiency will naturally lead to better profit margins, but Facilities Managers may be overlooking a critical area of cost savings, the money lost when full deployment is lacking.

Facilities Efficiency Suffers From the Ease of Overlooking Systems That Don’t Run on Electricity

Facilities Managers understand the value of managing energy, but do they understand the value of items that do not run on electricity? This is where a disconnect develops in facilities management. Wastewater utility bills contribute to capital spend, not to mention the amount billed for use of water. Furthermore, excess water use and wastewater disposal has a global impact, affecting the availability of clean, potable water. Although accessing potable water is as easy as turning on the tap, its future is in jeopardy. Changes to natural resources, variances in climate and even the expanding economy tap into the existing water reserves of humanity. However, a solution exists.

Full Deployment of Resource Monitoring Reduces Capital Spend

Full deployment of resource monitoring in facilities management lowers reliance on nonrenewable sources of energy. Although water faucets and systems may not be connected to electricity, they represent thousands of dollars in opportunities. Inefficient water use increases a company’s carbon footprint. Think about how the water was obtained. How was it moved to your building?

Somewhere along the way, a pump may have been used, for upping the pressure if nothing else. Thus, full-scale deployment of resource monitoring is required to maximize facilities efficiency. Such deployment includes monitoring and optimizing the following areas that are often overlooked in managing energy use:

  1. Solar heating and heat loss in cooler climates.
  2. Utilization of space.
  3. Heat flows resulting from running equipment.
  4. Water faucets left running, which have the paradox of costing money to use and dispose of properly.
  5. Cybersecurity systems, including those managed remotely.
  6. Internet connectivity.
  7. Guests using electrical outlets.

The final point is relevant as some companies do not realize guests may be siphoning energy to recharge mobile devices and enhance their own experiences.

Additional Benefits of Full Deployment of Facilities Efficiency

Acting now to monitor and manage facility assets and resource utilization has additional benefits that go beyond reducing capital spend. Gaining insight into use of water resources improves business emergency preparedness, reports Ready.gov, helps keep local fire departments informed, and ensures sustainable business practices. Meanwhile, knowing more about systems that do not necessarily use electricity helps Facilities Managers identify problems, detect problems before they arise, schedule preventative, predictive maintenance, and enhance guest experiences. Ultimately, this combination leads to healthier profit margins and better business practices through better water infrastructure, explains the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

Going back to the previous example of lost water use, preventing breaks in lines also reduces consumption of limited water resources. In the U.S., more than 240,000 water mains break annually, wasting countless gallons, says Water and Wastes Digest. However, Facilities Managers can help to prevent these issues through proactive deployment of sensors throughout their buildings, which boost efficiency simultaneously.

Plug the Drain by Gaining Insight and Control Over All Resource Use Today

Not understanding and knowing where all facility costs come from will result in lost opportunities for cost savings. Although most associate energy management with electricity use, all use of resources should be carefully monitored and managed to reduce capital spend.

Contact ENTOUCH online or by calling 1-800-820-3511 to check out the available technologies that can help your organization return to facilities efficiency. You’re losing much more than just water down that drain; you’re losing money and opportunities!

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