What type of technology does your facility(ies) feature to help conserve energy and dollars?
This month, CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management offers tips that will create budget savings.
Although “green cleaning” is invariably on end users’ minds these days, professional cleaners who conserve chemicals, energy, and worker stress every day are adding to their green repertoire.
What will become of green?
Some experts report that the quick answer to this question is: Nothing.
Some argue that there really is no end point to being green.
Eventually, experts say, green cleaning will evolve into effective cleaning.
Therefore, only if you are effectively cleaning your facility can your operation be considered green.
Our industry’s chemicals are already safer to use compared to those products in the past and, as technology advances, even safer options will become available in coming years.
Lights out savings
North American commercial facilities’ estimated costs for energy and electricity are staggering.
According to an industry study, U.S. hospitals, for example, spend an average of $1.67 on electricity and 48 cents on natural gas per square foot annually.
Aside from public pressure to conserve energy usage, some facilities are also being affected by state law.
In reaction to a state law, Arizona State University, as an example, recently completed a $33 million energy reduction project and will spend $30 million on the second phase, according to asufoundation.org.
Although this is a major upfront investment, the university is reporting that they are already enjoying savings.
By 2009, the college is expecting to cut its utility bill by 20 percent.
If your facility is in the position for such a major investment, you can expect to reap benefits for many years to come.
On page 20, we offer some small ways for end users to conserve on lighting.
These small changes can go a long way as well.
A key to conservation — similar to green cleaning — is keeping all staff members who will be affected on the same page.
Everyday cleaning practices, such as floor care, provide an opportunity to save.
See page 30 for expert advice on proper pad selection to maximize your floor’s appearance and longevity.
It is just as important to instill awareness among building occupants as well.
Conserving in traditional wasteful areas, such as restrooms, can also provide an opportunity to reduce costs.
With the implementation of new technologies, end users can save on paper, increase worker productivity, and maintain appearance.
Whether it is large-scale projects or everyday efforts, end users have the ability to save dollars.
What is your strategy?