FEMP's O&M Best Practices Guide: A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency

November 11, 2003

Cover of O&M Best Practices Guide.

FEMP's Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide highlights cost-effective operations and maintenance (O&M) measures for ensuring reliability, safety, and energy efficiency for systems and equipment typically found at Federal facilities. O&M programs targeting energy efficiency can save 5 to 20 percent on energy bills without a significant capital investment. Depending on the Federal site, these savings can represent thousands to hundreds-of-thousands of dollars each year, and many can be achieved with minimal cash outlays. In addition to energy and resource savings, a well-run O&M program will:

  • increase the safety of all staff because properly maintained equipment is safer equipment;

  • ensure the comfort, health, and safety of building occupants through properly functioning equipment, providing a healthy indoor environment;

  • confirm that the design life expectancy of equipment is achieved; and,

  • facilitate compliance with Federal legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

FEMP's O&M guide is designed to provide the Federal O&M/energy manager and practitioner with information and actions aimed at achieving these savings and benefits. The guide outlines major O&M program types and state-of-the-art maintenance technologies and procedures for key equipment, and much more. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed the guide for FEMP and will periodically update the guide as new procedures and technologies are developed and employed. The guide is available on FEMP's web site at www.eere.energy.gov/femp/operations_maintenance/om_bpguide.html.

For more information about FEMP's O&M Best Practices Guide, please contact Greg Sullivan of PNNL at gp.sullivan@pnl.gov. For more information on FEMP's O&M Initiative, please contact Ab Ream of FEMP at 202-586-7230 or ab.ream@ee.doe.gov.