3 Ways You Can Better Manage Your Electrical Systems as a Facilities Manager
Managing your Electrical Systems
Facilities management has become increasingly more difficult in recent years; buildings are no longer simple spaces for companies set their own equipment up inside, now there are a range of services and utilities buildings are expected to provide to be desirable places for businesses to set up.
The facilities manager is not a janitor or a handyman, they are now highly skilled and qualified professionals with an ever-growing to-do list, one of which is managing electrical systems and safety. This is an area of management where you simply cannot take shortcuts, any misstep may put your building users, workers, or yourself in jeopardy.
As the facilities manager, you are responsible for the safety of everyone who works in your building, so paying attention and staying up to date on the best way to manage your electrical systems is vital. Often, a proactive approach to systems maintenance is the best way to ensure you are always up to date, that your equipment is in good working order (or stepping in before things go wrong if it’s not), and that you don’t incur huge costs by leaving things so late that you have to get emergency technicians in to fix the problem.
We’ve compiled three tips to help you better manage the electrical systems in your facility:
#1 Think Preventatively
The best tip for managing your electrical systems is to think of it as something that needs frequent maintenance and that needs to be monitored for any signs of wear or damage. If you wait until something goes wrong to figure out what’s going on with your systems you could be in for some nasty surprises – things that could have been maintained now need to be completely replaced, and that means you lose time, money, and potentially upset your clients.
#2 Consider Your Energy Management
It’s often not enough to simply monitor and maintain an existing electrical system, but you should also consider if an energy management system would be right for your facility. These automated systems help to save energy and manage the use of things like air-conditioning and lighting. Things like lights that detect movement will help you cut costs where possible, rather than paying for every light switch that is left on in a meeting room overnight or over the weekend – not to mention it will reduce the wear and tear on your equipment.
#3 Have a Plan for Down-Time
Will the businesses in your building lose money if your building goes without power for a day or two? While we can’t always prepare for large-scale power outages, the businesses who rent space in your facility will thank you if you do. Some businesses will lose large sums of money if the power goes out, and if it happens frequently, they’ll see it as your fault, and a problem they could avoid by moving elsewhere. A backup generator, even one that supplies limited power, will significantly change the consequences of a power outage in your facility.
Are you uncertain how to ensure your building’s electrical systems are completely safe and in good working order? The experts at CCPS have developed the ElectriSafe Certification that guarantees your electrical systems meet their standards, you can find out more here.