Facility Forum - Summer 2016 - (Page 25)

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires - We All Have a Stake in it! F ormer Toronto Maple Leaf Eddy Shack was well known for saying, "take care of the pennies and the nickels and dimes will take care of themselves" and, even in the absence of pennies, the statement continues to ring true today. When it comes to managing energy, all staff needs to understand and make every effort possible to control facility phantom energy or "vampire power." Vampire power is the electricity drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in. Most people do not realize that many types of electronics and office equipment continue to draw electricity when off but plugged in. It is estimated that this consumption can account for 15 per cent or more of the total electricity used by these items if left unchecked. The following are examples of energy that is being drawn by equipment found in most facilities: * Treadmill - 5.6 watts * Fax machine - 5.2 watts * Printer - 4.3 watts * Compact stereo - 4.3 watts * Tool charger - 4.2 watts * Battery charger - 2.6 watts * TV, CRT (26 - 31 inches) - 1.3 watts * Desktop computer - 2.4 watts * Modem - 1.5 watts * Scanner - 1.5 watts * Monitor - 1.2 watts * Laptop computers - 0.7 watts * DVD player - 0.4 watts The best way to avoid this type of wasted energy is by unplugging these electronics when not in use. Using accessible power bars and hooking multiple items into them so that all can be turned off at once is a low-cost or no-cost solution. When purchasing new equipment consider energy-saving devices that offer a real or hard "off" switch that eliminates standby power. Consider timers to turn off standby power to devices that are unused on a regular basis. Look for the Energy Star label on new electronics or appliances. Energy Star identifies the most energy efficient products, which reduce energy use even in standby mode. Consider what convenience is costing the operation and determine if replacing battery-powered devices, such as cordless phones or rechargeable drills, with corded alternatives is in fact a better operational choice. Other common facility energy suckers include hot water and domestic refrigeration. Recreation facilities use a significant amount of hot water. Often seasonal operations will leave the tanks unchecked during down time, having the equipment heat water for no reason for extended periods. Similarly, refrigerators may sit empty, lit and over cooled waiting for the next community event. Being an energy champion is not all about who can spend the most on the most current technology in an attempt to reduce energy consumption but who can control what is currently in place. ■ FACILITY FORUM | 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2016

Industry Watch
Arena Lighting – The Here and Now!
The Cemeterian
Understanding the Highway Traffic Act – Demerit Points
Effective Emergency Planning
Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires
Risk Management
Poor Aquatic Maintenance
Pool Fouling
Member Profile
ORFA’s Top 10 Recreational Supervisory Failures
Health & Safety (PSHSA)
Shutting Down the Refrigeration Plant for the Summer Season
Energy Savings Inside Your Refrigeration System
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

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