Facilities professionals often choose not to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades because of high perceived upfront costs. But if you’re armed with the right information, you’ll see that energy savings, rebates, and incentives can make funding a green retrofit project more realistic.

According to a UCLA survey, first-year average savings for lighting upgrades, which could be anything from installing lighting controls to converting an entire building’s lighting system to LEDs, are approximately $200,000. In addition, lighting retrofits could yield around a 45% ROI in just two years. First-year average savings for a HVAC retrofit, which can range from installing continuous environmental management systems to replacing individual components of a system, are approximately $200,000. Large commercial buildings could cut HVAC costs by up to 25% to 35% by adding certain retrofits to existing large HVAC systems.

Rebates and incentive could cover up to 50% of installation costs, making lighting and HVAC retrofit much more affordable than once believed. Contact Bachman’s, Inc. to discuss your energy and operational goals and decide which upgrades will provide the most ROI for your facility. Read more on the comparison of energy-efficiency upgrades, here.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way. Based on the successful practices of Energy Star partners, these guidelines for energy management can assist your organization in improving its energy and financial performance while distinguishing your organization as an environmental leader.

  • Make a commitment. To be successful, an energy plan requires the full support of management, and must include goals and objectives, both short-term and long-term.
  • Assess performance. Evaluate mechanical and building systems and examine your energy bills over the last 3 years.
  • Put your plan into action. With goals in place, develop a detailed action plan for reducing waste and improving overall energy efficiency.
  • Evaluate progress. Compare energy use data and the activities carried out as part of the action plan to your performance goals.
  • Recognize achievements. Publicizing energy saving improvements will motivate staff and provides positive publicity for your organization.

As you look ahead to 2013, remember that saving energy is one of the most effective ways to lower operating costs and improve your bottom line. Contact Bachman’s, Inc. to discuss ways to trim your budget by implementing an energy plan.

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