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Best Practices In Implementing Energy Optimization Products
November 3, 2015 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
A number of approaches can ease the way for new energy optimization products or services. These include using pilot programs, tapping into the insights of veterans in the field, and allowing for surprises.
When considering rolling out any new product into your portfolio, a main best practice is to start small with a controlled trial in one facility or in a portion of a facility. If a free sample isn't available from the manufacturer, a small pilot keeps the costs to try out the concept more palatable. And if it works, facility managers have a custom-made case study to support the business case for rolling the strategy out to the portfolio.
In addition to sampling products in their own facilities, experts encourage facility managers, especially those new to the field or those with less experience in energy optimization, to leverage the insight provided by veterans in the field to see which products and services they vouch for (or caution against.)
And lastly, understand and make provisions for the fact that new technology does not always work as expected. Here a pilot will also help to contain any negative impact on the organization. The key is to hammer out with the manufacturer or service provider what remediation they will provide in the event the product or service does not deliver exactly as promised. In addition, facility managers should be clear on what level of risk they are willing to tolerate based on the potential reward.
To learn more about how to make the right choice when selecting energy optimization products and services, go here.