In today’s venue, managers rely on automation and control systems for many daily functions – maintaining and adjusting HVAC set points, controlling audiovisual systems throughout a building, turning lights on and off with predefined schedules for energy conservation are just a few. Often times these become “daily schedules” that we set and forget. As we approach the holiday season, this is a good time of year to review those schedules and consider creating a “holiday” mode for our buildings that may sit dark for several days. In such a mode, daily schedules for office and corridor lights could be suspended, security lighting reduced, and HVAC set points could be changed to minimize utility costs for empty buildings. Having a “holiday” mode that makes these adjustments automatically can easily help venue managers control expenses and celebrate the holidays while being green.
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