Now more than ever contractors are searching for ways to cut costs. How you go about cutting costs is just as important as where you look for cuts. Begin a systematic examination of your expenses in the office and the field. Then use the list in this article to generate thinking on possible new areas for cost reduction.
If duct cleaning is necessary, it is important that the cleaning professionals be familiar with both the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) guidelines. Today’s air duct insulations are designed to withstand the rigors of cleaning.
Macy’s Inc. and Field Diagnostic Services Inc. (FDSI) have announced a plan to partner in California to optimize the air conditioning unit performance at Macy’s stores and distribution centers across the state. Macy’s analysis suggests the company could save approximately 20 percent on a/c related operating costs.
As heat densities and cooling costs rise, data center professionals are looking for more efficient cooling solutions. A cold aisle containment retrofit can be implemented easily and quickly, carries a payback time from weeks to a few months, and can reduce cooling related energy costs by as much as 30 percent.
Bob and Btu Buddy sit down for a lunch discussion about humidifiers and Bob asks: “Aren’t all humidifiers about the same?” Btu Buddy responds, “They are all the same in that they add moisture to the air. Different homes have different types of heating systems.” He then discusses the ways water is evaporated in various humidifiers.
When someone mentions the Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA), many people immediately think of pregnancies. And FMLA is a
resource for employees impacted by pregnancies, but it’s much more than that. New regulations governing the FMLA have become effective, so it’s a good time to review FMLA issues.
Unfortunately, many fleets simply take a reactive approach to vehicle maintenance. In a widely distributed fleet, that could mean costly repairs, not to mention vehicle downtime. Fleet managers need to be able to monitor and collect data on the “health” of their vehicles to fix problems early and reduce costs.
After your evaluation of the equipment, you’re leaning toward the diagnosis that the motor is failing and you double-check two things. Your troubleshooting question: Which component was replaced, eliminating the intermittent equipment operation failures?
The immediate reaction by many companies during a recession is to cut their advertising. Advertising is seen as an expense and all expenses are subject to trimming in difficult times. However, advertising should be looked at as an investment that helps to increase your sales now and in the future.
Business customers throughout utility AmerenUE’s service territory now have $24 million in incentives available to them to help them save electricity and money. The new Business Energy Efficiency Program gives any nonresidential customer incentives to help cover the cost of making efficiency upgrades.