From our own backgrounds in engineering, and as we work with facilities maintenance teams across the country, we’ve learned lots of ways to run a better, more cost-effective operation. Here are a few tips that can save money and help your equipment run at its best:
- Keep an eye on water consumption
A meter on your make-up water lines is a small investment that could save you thousands. Everything leaks eventually, but having a record of when and how much will help you diagnose the issue early. The cost of water is on the rise, don’t get hosed.
- Track your stack temp
A boiler is a massive expense. Set your boiler cleanings based on rising stack temp. You could save thousands in fuel and extend the life of your equipment significantly.
- Know your inspections
Whether it’s you or a vendor, know what should be included in an equipment inspection or service. Not unlike bringing your car to the mechanic, you may avoid unnecessary costs being informed.
- Name your equipment
You spend enough time with your equipment, may as well name it. We have all had a one sided conversation with a machine. Why not give it a name in case you speak in the future? Or just make it easier to ID and discuss.
- Seal air conditioned spaces
Losing conditioned air through unsealed spaces is like letting money fly right out of your building. Sealing small cracks is a low cost fix that will keep utility costs contained.
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In our industry, a little bit of specialized knowledge can go a long way. Have any unique tips that save your facility money? Share them in the comments below.