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The Learning Continues

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Updated: Monday, July 15, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Educational information continues within our association. Events are ongoing throughout the year. We just had a great Peer to Peer call this past Thursday covering 'Energy Management, LED Lighting, and Green Buildings'. Wayne Brayton, CRFP, from Sonic Restaurants, was the moderator and there were numerous great takeaways. Some of the highlights were as follows:

- Discussions on solar power as it's becoming more economical due to lower manufacturing costs, increased efficiencies, and potential rebates, making the ROI much better.

- Utilizing basic, common sense approach in saving valuable utility dollars by implementing restaurant education on proper turn on/off times for equipment and lights and correct temperature settings and night setbacks on t-stats.

- Restaurants normally need a minimum ROI of 2-3 years on energy initiatives.

- Water management is becoming more important and expensive. Increasing needs to control usage is becoming mainstream.

- Discussions on partnering with utility management companies that process invoices (gas, electric, water) for the stores and provide energy reports detailing utility usages for each location. The charge for this service is easily worth it at a few dollars per invoice as internal accounting personal's time can be reduced along with added value of reports showing high usage which will require investigation to determine what caused the spike which can minimize future costs by actionable items.

- Discussions on converting all exterior and interior lighting to LED which is one of the easiest "low hanging fruits" to implement for immediate cost savings.

- LED saves in electric & cooling costs, better overall lighting, and lower R&M expenses. Some manufacturers and installers are providing a labor and parts warranty for up to 50,000 hours per bulb. This is a deal that our industry needs to take advantage of.

- There is a website that provides all pertinent rebate information from local utilities for energy saving equipment. Feel free to access and use at:

- Always check with local electric providers to see if rebates are available for LED’s.

- Most lighting vendors will complete the proper paperwork to get the rebates. In some cases, the documentation is very complex, so this is a great service to take advantage of. Most companies provide this service free of charge as they are making money providing the bulbs and/or fixtures.

- Discussions on how to obtain a LEED rated building. Several different factors (LED, HVAC’s, increased insulation, Energy Star equipment, etc.) must be completed or implemented to receive the proper certification, or ranking. There are 40-50 different items that determine the type of ranking a building can receive, i.e., Gold, Silver, Platinum, etc.

- The process is complex and somewhat hard to understand. Most use a LEED certified architect and/or contractor to discuss what is required. Hard to complete on your own. Need to partner with a professional.

- Payback for the increased cost of building materials and equipment will need to be determined. In some cases, it’s very expensive with a relatively high ROI.

These calls always provide a good opportunity to learn from your peers and I recommend them highly. These are open discussion and only last up to one(1) hour. Some of the educational events forthcoming are:

- Peer to Peer call, on August 8th discussing "CMMS, IoT, and Workflow Automation"

- Restaurant RoundTable at Wendy's Headquarters in Columbus, Oh on August 6th covering "CMMS, Equipment Training for Operations, and R&M Cost Controls"

- Peer to Partner call on Sept. 16th discussing "Plumbing Maintenance"

Take advantage of this free learning. Professional development is one of the main goals of our association.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Dover and out.

Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association
972-805-0905 ext. 3


Tags:  Educational information  Energy management  Green buildings  LED lighting  utility usage 

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