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Ask the Expert: Ancillary Systems O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 12, 2015 at 6:29 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's ancillary systems?

 

 

 

Answer: Ancillary systems issues, which include problems with kitchen equipment, laundry equipment and pools can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Kitchen equipment is not used efficiently
  • In-house laundry equipment is not used efficiently
  • Swimming pool water temperature is too high 
  • Use of equipment associated with laundry and custodial services coincides with heavy electrical demand periods

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements and facility improvement measures ("FIM") will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: Refrigeration O&Ms

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 5, 2015 at 6:26 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's refrigeration?

 

 

 

Answer: Refrigeration issues, which include problems with ice buildup, temperature and insulation can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Evaporator coils have heavy ice build-up
  • Evaporator temperature is lower than required for produce or process
  • System insulation is damaged or missing
  • Condensing temperature is excessive
  • Ice-makers are not turned off during extended unoccupied periods

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: Power O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 29, 2015 at 6:25 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's power?

 

 

 

Answer: Power issues, which include problems with transformers, demand charges and controls can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Transformers remain energized when serving no load for extended periods
  • Transformer ambient temperature is high
  • Vending machines remain energized during unoccupied periods
  • Refrigerator drinking fountains or recirculating chilled drinking water systems are not controlled for occupancy
  • Elevator operation is not optimized for occupancy variations
  • Lubricants used on major rotating equipment with high load factors have not been optimized for reduction of friction losses
  • Substantial electricity demand charges are incurred
  • No record of maintenance for motors and motor driven equipment are available

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements and facility improvement measures ("FIM") will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: Domestic Hot Water O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 22, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's domestic hot water system?

 

 

 

Answer: Domestic hot water system issues, which include problems with leaks and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Hot water temperature is excessive
  • System insulation is damaged or missing
  • Water temperatures are not reduced during unoccupied periods
  • Water drips or leaks are evident
  • Heat pump water heater coils are not maintained on a scheduled basis
  • Hot water recirculating pumps run continuously
  • Electric water heater has no time restrictions on heating cycle
  • Devices to conserve heated water have not been utilized where practical
  • Storage tanks, piping and water heaters are used inefficiently

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements and facility improvement measures ("FIM") will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: Building Envelope O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 15, 2015 at 6:22 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's building envelope?

 

 

 

Answer: Building envelope issues, which include problems with the physical separators (e.g., windows, doors, walls, etc.) between the conditioned (e.g., heated and/or cooled) and unconditioned environment of a building, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: Building Occupancy O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 8, 2015 at 6:20 AM

Question: How can I improve the efficiency of energy using systems when my facility is unoccupied?

 

 

 

Answer: An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or both of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Expert: HVAC Ventilation O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 1, 2015 at 6:17 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's HVAC ventilation?

 

 

 

Answer: HVAC ventilation issues, which include problems with air flow and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, HVAC Controls

Ask the Expert: HVAC Cooling O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 24, 2015 at 6:15 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's air conditioning system?

 

 

 

Answer: HVAC cooling system issues, which include problems with component maintenance and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, HVAC Controls

Ask the Expert: HVAC Heating O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 17, 2015 at 6:12 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's heating system?

 

 

 

Answer: HVAC heating issues, which include problems with component maintenance and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, HVAC Controls

Ask the Expert: HVAC Controls O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 10, 2015 at 5:25 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's HVAC controls?

 

 

 

Answer: HVAC controls issues, which include problems with thermostats and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, HVAC Controls

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