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Energy Efficient Facility Management and Equipment
Conduct a comprehensive energy audit.
HVAC (Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) and Other Systems
Office and Industrial Equipment
Take advantage of EmPower Maryland rebates offered through your utility company
. Contractors can perform audits on
lighting fixtures and controls, assist with the rebate application process and even offer financing. Rebates are also available for HVAC and other equipment.
(Note that small businesses may need to use pre-approved contractors for maximum benefits.) See your utility for more info:
Take advantage of
Maryland's PACE Program
(Property Assessed Clean Energy Program) which enables both commercial and residential property owners to finance projects with 0% down and long payback periods.
EPA’s Lean and Energy Toolkit
Energy Star for Industry
, the Energy and Materials Flow and Cost Tracker, is a software tool for tracking materials and energy use, releases, discharges, and wastes
for facility managers.
Inventory all equipment and devices plugged into electrical outlets (also known as “plug load”) to see which items can be unplugged when not in use. This reduces the electric power consumed when items are turned off or in standby mode.
Improve energy efficiency of building.
Tighten the building envelope (energy efficient windows and doors, adequate insulation, weather stripping and caulking to seal air gaps).
Energy Star guidance for buildings and plants
International Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings
Control direct sun through windows with solar screens, window films, awnings and vegetation.
Paint external walls and roof white to reflect heat.
which can reduce heat gains and losses
Improve efficiency of HVAC and Other Systems.
Invest in energy efficient HVAC equipment.
Perform regular maintenance on HVAC systems and change filters according to system specifications.
Operating tips and tools
on combustion systems, steam boiler systems and process heating systems
Eliminate waste heat by insulating piping and heat generating equipment.
Install variable frequency drives on HVAC pumps, fans, and compressed air systems.
Install programmable thermostats and adjust for non-work hours.
high-volume, low speed fans
to improve air circulation and save energy costs.
Improve efficiency of compressed air and steam systems.
Check for leaks.
Avoid 90 degree angles in the piping.
Use the lowest pressure setting that provides reliable performance.
Consider ducting outside air when temperatures are lower since less energy is needed to compress cool air than warm air.
Install cogeneration (combined heat and power) system
MidAtlantic Clean Energy Application Center
Improve efficiency of office and industrial equipment.
Improve efficiency of office and industrial equipment.
, monitors, and other
(tankless) water heaters
Install variable frequency drives on pumps, fans, and motors
Upgrade to more efficient and properly-sized electric motors
Use the U.S. Dept of Energy’s
to choose the most efficient motor
Consolidate office equipment. Use high-speed printers or multi-function networked copiers that can be used as printers to reduce the number of printers in your office.
Consolidate use of small appliances (microwaves, toaster, coffee pots, mini-fridges, etc.) by using larger more energy-efficient appliances in break rooms.
Install power strips to allow employees to easily control “phantom” power loads from chargers for laptops and other electronic devices or simply instruct employees to unplug when not in use.
Improve efficiency of
by consolidating and using virtualization software that optimizes IT assets. Use PC management software that allows software patches to be performed without being left on all night and
power management software
or power saving modes on computers.
energy management software
to turn off vending machines and other equipment when not in use.
Improve efficiency of lighting
Replace incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or other energy efficient lighting.
Install motion sensors, timers, manual dimmers or or automatic daylight dimming controls.
Maximize use of natural light (windows, skylights and solar tubes) and use task lighting where extra lighting is needed.
Use energy management software systems to control lighting, HVAC systems, and to turn off computers and printers, vending machines and other equipment
energy management systems
Train employees on basic conservation practices such as turning off lights and equipment when not in use, controlling the thermostat, and activating energy saving features on equipment.
Contact your utility or a demand response management company about peak load management. Modify production schedules to limit peak energy use and save money.
Install on-site renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic, solar water heating, solar-powered exterior lighting, geothermal systems, or wind energy.
Maryland Energy Administration Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program
State and local incentives for renewable energy (click on Maryland)
Webinar on federal, state, and local incentives for solar energy in Maryland (recorded 12/5/17)
Archived Recording of Webinar
PowerPoint of Webinar
Choose an electric supplier that generates its power from renewable sources.
Electric Supplier Choices
Purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) for wind, biomass, solar, hydropower,biofuels, and geothermal or carbon offsets for natural gas or diesel use.
EPA Green Power Partnership
Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas
and Diesel Fuel
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230