Facility managers in states with strong energy efficiency programs are more likely to install energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, according to a new survey from DNV GL.

A majority (53 percent) of managers and business leaders in mid-to large-sized commercial facilities view energy efficiency as a proven operating and investment strategy, according to DNV GL. Eighty-four percent of survey respondents who reported having taken steps to save energy reported at least one positive business benefit, such as lower operating costs or higher worker productivity.

DNV GL’s findings on customer practices highlight the importance of three strategies to motivate commercial customers to implement energy efficient technologies and behaviors:

  1. An activated trade ally network that works closely with utility energy efficiency programs.
  2. Targeted outreach to commercial facilities that promotes the general business benefits of energy efficiency.
  3. Individual facilities can capture more energy savings through improved operations and maintenance practices and investments in lighting and HVAC technologies.

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