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What exactly is low-hanging fruit, anyway?

By: Angie Stokes, Healthcare Market Leader

In most cost savings endeavors, low-hanging fruit is commonly identified as a good first step – and it is. But, what is it? In the sustainability business, it is the procedural, operational, and behavioral changes that can be made with little or, even better, no financial investment. Attempting to remove personal space heaters, limiting phone charging, and installing occupancy sensors for office lights are all things that businesses can do with minimal cost. Some organizations start by simply scheduling certain areas of the building to go “dark” after business hours, including lighting, heating, and cooling.

These most certainly are considered low-hanging fruit and will save energy and money.  But, since we’re talking in clichés, why not “think outside of the box”? Or, with a little engineer’s humor, inside the VAV box. At a healthcare site in Kentucky, Harshaw Trane Intelligent Services brought innovative, low-cost changes to bear fruit, in the way of savings.  Adjusting mixed air temperature setpoints, eliminating redundant heating and cooling and improving economization are all ways they made minor changes that had major impacts – and can for you, too.

Starting small, with low-hanging fruit, is a great way to get started and Harshaw Trane is here to help you create and sustain a path to cost reduction. We’re the best in the business and we understand yours.