The disciplines and services needed from facilities management professionals can vary widely, but cost-cutting practices should be a priority. Building maintenance alone is an area in which top-notch facilities management services can prove invaluable. The following are some of the ways the costs of building maintenance can be significantly reduced.

LEDs and Lights Out

Approximately 35% or a bit over one-third of the total energy costs for buildings is spent on lighting, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Upgrading the lighting system to replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs is an investment that will yield a quick and long-lasting return. LED technology is highly energy efficient. Note that:

  • Residential LED lights, compared to incandescent lighting, use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer.

To maximize the benefits of LEDs and further boost savings, building automation should be integrated into the system.

Another strategy that works, no matter what type of lighting you have, is to make it a practice to shut off all lights at night, except for any required emergency lights. Also, during holidays and any stretch of time in which the building is not occupied, be sure all lights are off.

Maintenance Equals Money Savings

The fix-it-when-it’s-broken approach to maintenance is grossly inefficient. Competent facility managers maintain an inventory of items under the umbrella of building maintenance and stick with a schedule for maintenance. In a commercial facility, the following are among the areas in which a maintenance schedule helps to significantly cut the costs of facilities management:

  • Heating and cooling/HVAC system
  • Lighting
  • Openings such as doors, windows, and gates
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Access Control

Perform Predictive Testing and Inspections

Predictive testing monitors the condition of equipment as a way of detecting trends that contribute to accelerated wear-and-tear and may lead to impending failure. This strategy ensures that maintenance is performed in a timely manner and the high cost of emergency repair can be averted. Predictive testing improves equipment availability, as well.

Prioritize Maintenance Training

Management costs can be significantly increased when electricians, technicians, and maintenance personnel lack training or experience. Repairs have to be repeated more often and supplies purchased more frequently as a result of poorly or incorrectly performed maintenance work. An ongoing investment in training that results in maintenance services done right the first time helps trim facilities maintenance costs.

Spotlight on Safety

The work involved with facilities management must be safely performed to prevent injuries and to avoid excessive costs associated with injuries. If steps in safety are neglected, resulting in a major injury, it is tragic for the injured party and can cost many thousands of dollars. Facilities management should involve an ongoing dedication to safe work practices.

Contact Weaver Realty Group for Facilities Management

Weaver Realty Group offers quality facilities management services that include numerous cost-cutting strategies. Weaver has decades of experience in property management. Qualifications include LEED Accredited Professional and Florida Licensed General Contractor. For the best in facilities management services on the Florida peninsula, contact the Weaver Realty Group experts at 904-733-0039 today.