5 Ways You Can Save Energy
With the colder weather coming, now’s the time to think through your building’s energy usage. Here are five ideas to cut back on energy “vampires” for the colder months and all through the year.
1. Identify and replace underperforming equipment.
Conduct an energy audit to pinpoint energy wasting HVAC equipment that should be replaced. Always use ENERGY STAR® models if possible as these are certified to provide savings. Download the GCGBC’s Energy Benchmarking Toolkit to learn about the free tools that are available to help you determine the energy efficiency of your building and find incentives for making improvements. If your building is a good performer, it might qualify for ENERGY STAR Certification.
2. Install and properly setup programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to conserve energy during unoccupied times, but it is important that they be set up and used properly. Program set points, between 68-70 degrees for heating and 74-76 degrees for cooling, to reduce energy use when your business is closed but be comfortable by the time you re-open.
3. Implement lighting changes.
Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and LEDs, especially for exit signage. Install “occupant sensors” to automatically turn lights off when no one is present and sensors that adjust interior lighting when natural light is bright. Contact your utility provider for rebates and technical assistance to evaluate existing lighting and upgrade options.
4. Replace any interior/exterior damage.
Check for insulation issues with the roof, walls, ceilings, doors and windows/skylights. Cracks, gaps and worn seals let air infiltrate the building, driving excessive energy costs.
So, there you have it – the top 5 ways you can save a lot of energy this winter season. Any others you can think of?
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