How to Save Energy

How to Save Energy in Your Commercial Building

Does your heart skip a beat when you see your energy bill in the mail? Is it really that time again already?

As you write out yet another big check you wonder if you could lower these costs. A big part of your overhead goes into this check right here.

What if we told you that yes, you can! Read on for some informative tips about how to save energy in your commercial building.

Efficient Lighting

About 11% of energy use in your commercial building goes to lighting. It also is very easy to save energy when it comes to lighting.

Here are a few options:

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs
  • Install new, more energy-efficient fixtures
  • Turn lights off when not in use
  • Add motion detectors to your lights to automate them
  • Use natural sunlight where possible

Try a few of these ideas. It might surprise you how much energy a few lights can eat up.

Program the Thermostats

Space heating alone accounts for about 25% of the energy a commercial building uses. If you could cut energy use in this area you could shave a lot off your bill.

One of the best ways of doing this is by programming your thermostats effectively. Set them to a lower temperature at night or whenever the building is not in use.

A good schedule to follow is to start heating up about 30 minutes before people arrive. In the evening you can let it start cooling down 30 minutes to an hour before people leave.

Maintain Heating and Cooling Equipment

Heating and cooling equipment should be maintained regularly. Be sure to have a schedule for changing the air filters frequently. Also, make sure that the vents are always clear.

Dirty air filters and blocked vents cause the equipment to work harder. Thus, they burn more energy unnecessarily.

Buy Energy Efficient Office Equipment

Energy efficient office equipment can have a huge effect on your energy bill. Some products can use as much as 75% less energy! Not all changes will have such a dramatic effect but it’s a significant area where you can save.

We realize that buying equipment is costly and may not be in your budget. But, equipment will eventually break or need to be upgraded anyway. Put a plan in place to buy energy efficient equipment when the time comes.

Alternative Sources

Look into alternative sources of energy. Solar or wind power may be options for your building and are often less expensive. You can feel good about doing your part for the environment while saving money.

Learn How to Save Energy

Be smart and learn how to save energy the easy way. These are only some of the great ideas out there for saving energy in your building.

It may not be feasible for you to try out each of these tips right away. But put a plan in place to put energy savings practice into effect over the next few months. It may take a little effort but you might stop dreading that energy bill in the mail so much.

Feel free to reach out if you need help with energy management! If we all work together we can make the world a more environmentally-friendly place.

Conserve Electricity

5 Ways to Conserve Electricity in Your Workplace

Many of us actively strive to conserve electricity in our homes, so why shouldn’t the same be done at work? 

Working to reduce our energy usage will not only cut costs on electricity bills but is beneficial to the environment. Little changes in the workplace can help reduce toxic emissions and limit our carbon footprint.

Keep reading for five tips on how to conserve electricity. 

Turn Off The Lights

This one is really easy but still an extremely effective way to conserve electricity. Anytime you leave a room or unoccupied area, turn off the lights. 

Also, make sure you always turn off the lights at the end of the workday. Not only are you saving on electricity costs, but you won’t have to replace bulbs as often. 

You could even take it a step further and install presence sensors for your lights, that way they do all of the work for you and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to flip the switch on the way out. 

If your workplace has a lot of windows, try and make use of natural light whenever you can. Not only are you saving energy, but natural light is much more enjoyable than artificial. 

Swap Out Bulbs

When trying to conserve electricity in the workplace, consider swapping out your existing lighting for more energy efficient options. 

Lighting used to be the largest annual use of electricity in commercial spaces, but this has changed in the past years due to the wide variety of inexpensive, energy efficient lighting options. 

In 2012, over $675 million was saved in annual energy costs in the U.S. due to the use of LEDs. 

Not only do LEDs consume less power, but they have longer lifespans than incandescent or fluorescent lights. A quality LED bulb will last you up to 25,000 hours. This means you’re saving money on electricity as well as maintenance costs. 

Turn It Off or Unplug It

Just like your lights, you should be powering down any appliances that aren’t in use. If you are leaving for the night, weekend, or a long break, power off your computer. If you can’t turn off your computer for any reason, make sure you use the hibernation feature.

You should turn off printers, copiers, and other workplace appliances at the end of a workday. Even the little coffee maker in the break room should be turned off if you want to stop wasting power. 

Once you’re done charging your phone, tablet, or laptop, be sure to unplug the adapter. A laptop that is constantly plugged in can use upwards of 4.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a week!

Manage Your Thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year if you know how to manage your thermostat. 

You should adjust the thermostat to different settings when the building isn’t occupied. During the summer, set it above 80 degrees overnight and over the weekend. During the winter, set it between 60 and 65 during these times.

You can install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature after hours. This means less money spent on electricity. 

Upgrade Outdated Equipment

If any office equipment is old or outdated, then it might not be running at maximum efficiency. This means it could be drawing unnecessary power, meaning higher electricity costs. 

Make sure you are maintaining your heating and air system so that it runs smoothly. If it needs to be replaced, look for options that offer premium efficiency. 

You can also swap out old computers, copiers, and even office refrigerators for more energy efficient options. 

Conserving Electricity One Step At A Time

All of us can make little changes during our work days to help conserve electricity.

If you follow these easy steps, you can not only save on electricity costs but help to reduce our collective carbon footprint. And if you’re ready to save and switch your commercial lighting to LED, reach out to us today. 

Energy Management Company

5 Reasons to Hire an Energy Management Company

Did you know that heating and cooling make up one of the largest expenses for family homes and businesses alike?

Are you interested in bringing someone on board to help you save you and your business money? Keep reading below for five great reasons to hire an Energy Management Company.

1. You Will Find Experts With an Energy Management Company

You know the details of your business and would not like someone telling you how to make decisions. The same applies to experts in energy saving. They truly know the best ways to help your business cut back on energy costs and will be happy to share that knowledge with you.

While you may believe you know a great deal about energy efficient products and processes, an Energy Management Company will know much more.

One of the first pieces of advice they will be able to offer is how to immediately cut down on costs associated with office lighting.

They can also help you better understand your business’s energy bill. Sometimes there are errors on these bills and an expert can help you find these costly mistakes.

2. Navigating the Newest Energy Fads

Creating energy efficient buildings has been a steadily growing trend over the years. With this trend, there are constantly changing products and technologies on the market.

Unfortunately, some of these new products are not always beneficial. The number of products on the market can be confusing and frustrating. Choosing a wrong product could lead to wasted money.

The expert from the energy company will know exactly what products your business should invest in. For example, there are many great benefits to switching over to LED light bulbs.

3. They Will be Cost Effective

While you may be hesitant to bring on someone due to costs, an energy management expert will pay for themselves in no time. Consulting experts is the best way to run your business.

They will help you cut costs and increase your overall bottom line. If you keep a lifetime partnership with the expert, you will see an immense return on investments.

4. Network of Valuable Experts

As an added benefit, an energy expert will have valuable connections. If during an assessment of your business they find an issue with a system that is wasting energy, they will know who to contact.

For example, if they deem your air conditioning unit is not functioning at full capacity, they will be able to connect with a reputable air conditioning expert.

5. Your Business Goals Will be Met

Luckily, experts in energy efficiency want to save you money. They simply want to save you money by saving energy.

Unlike a general electrical contractor, energy efficient experts will not try to sell you unnecessary products. They will provide you with the best products to decrease your energy use and save you money.

Final Notes

Taking this step will greatly improve your business’s bottom line. In business, the only thing better than making money is saving it.

Do you still have questions? Feel free to contact us and we can help you out and get you started with some of our staff!

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