Learn how to improve the energy efficiency of buildings by using a new resource from the U.S. Department of Energy. "Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide," featured in the Rebuild America Solution Center, offers recommendations for improving operational energy efficiency. Developed by the Federal Energy Management Program,the O&M Best Practices Guide provides federal facility personnel, along with other facilities managers, with information on effective O&M practices for systems and equipment typically found at buildings. The guide highlights O&M practices that save an estimated 5% to 20% on energy bills without a significant capital investment.
Saving energy is good business. If you own or run a business, you know that energy expenses are a significant part of the cost of doing business. There are several proven no-cost or low-cost steps that you can take right now to save energy and money. Energy-efficient measures can help your business by lowering energy costs, increasing productivity thanks to improved comfort and lighting levels, improving the bottom line and increasing the asset value of your facility, protecting from energy inflation, reducing operation and maintenance expenses, obtaining an attractive return on investment and enhancing the image of your business as an environmentally responsible partner in your community. There are at least eight major areas for businesses to save energy/money: lighting, building efficiency, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), office equipment and machines, refrigeration, hot water use and efficiency, motors and vehicles.
SmarterArchitecture Features Arkansas communities and buildings — such as the Clinton Library — that use sustainable concepts.
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