You had great intentions when you launched your internal energy efficiency project. And you had high hopes when you had a new LEED certified facility built. Now your campaign has finished and your facility is complete.
But how do you know if your intentions were met and your high hopes were reached? According to a U.S. Green Building Council study some of the LEED certified buildings do better than anticipated but nearly an equal number do worse. Sometime they do much worse. On paper your intended energy savings may look great but in reality they may not be anywhere near what you planned for.
After going through the expense and trouble to be more energy efficient how do you make sure you get what you planned for? And how do you adequately control your on going energy usage? Installing software systems and meters that can help building owners understand their energy usage is one answer. These systems can expose inefficiencies in various systems, like HVAC equipment, that can then be properly dealt with. But just as important as software is some “hands-on” help. If you have an assembly line or other heavy machinery running in your facility a qualified industrial electrical contractor, like Bradshaw Electric, can make sure everything continues to run at peak efficiency. They will be able to determine if something as simple as replacing an inefficient motor to something more complex like PLC programming changes will keep your energy costs in check. The ongoing cost saving to their suggested changes can be significant.
Don’t assume your energy efficiency project or your new LEED building are delivering on their promised cost saving. Studies show they can fall way short. A highly experienced industrial electrical contractor like Bradshaw Electric can help ensure the long-term success of your energy efficiency projects.
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