|Resource Conservation Management (RCM) is a management tool that gives you more control over the operating costs of your facilities. It helps you to reduce operating costs, increase efficiency, prepare for deregulated energy purchases and promote environmentally friendly operations.
An RCM program is a well-coordinated effort to manage the resources and services used, and the waste generated, by your facilities. It involves careful tracking of resources and attention to operational efficiency. The program focuses on occupant comfort, cost-effectiveness and assuring that equipment is used only when needed. Operational savings are gained through organization, analysis and communication.
With a comprehensive RCM program in place, you can expect to see quantifiable results in the first one to six months. Most RCM programs achieve 10 to 15 percent savings on utility bills after the first year -- depending on the number of facilities involved and level of management commitment.
RCM strategies have been used in industry and large corporations for many years. As markets become more competitive and public-sector budgets shrink, RCM programs are cropping up in many organizations -- both large and small.
More than 20 Resource Conservation Managers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho are already gathering savings in schools and government facilities. You, too, can begin reaping the benefits of Resource Conservation Management.
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