When it comes to cutting operating costs, those are a few things that come to mind because energy consumption is a huge operational expense and insulation can help cut utility bills.
But water conservation offers opportunity for saving money, too.
Saving money by saving water may be a low-hanging opportunity for your facility that offers a quick payback.
Let’s discuss three such water conservation tactics that you can implement at your facility.
- The power of rain. Sustainability could be improved with rain gardens and rainwater harvesting. Yes, these are grand-scale measures that require extensive analysis and measurement but the savings could equate to tens of thousands of dollars a year saved.
- Kitchens and bathrooms. Upgrade kitchen equipment to energy efficient dishwashers, ice machines and pre-rinse sprayers. Replace bathroom fixtures with low-flow options. And perform valve replacements on existing toilets and urinals. These are quick and easy tasks that are big water and money savers. One office complex in Washington, DC undertook valve replacements on all the toilets and urinals throughout the building and experienced $16,000 in savings with a payback of only one year.
- Look past running water. If your facility utilizes steam for mechanical and heating purposes, check steam traps to be sure they are functioning correctly and replace if necessary. If air handlers have outdated breakers or thermostatic traps, install new atmospheric vacuum breakers. One hospital in Pennsylvania underwent these two upgrades and saved over $230,000 annually with a two-year payback.
These are relatively simple tactics that can help you save water and money.
What others can you think of?
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