4 Tips For Maximizing Your Business’s Energy Efficiency
Tired of having your tenants complain about cold spots throughout your building? Want to improve the energy efficiency, so you’re not paying as much on the utility bills each month? It might be easier than you think.
Of course, one of the simplest solutions is to invest in all new HVAC equipment, but we realize that doesn’t make sense for many business owners. Especially if your equipment isn’t that old.
There are other ways to maximize the energy efficiency of your building. With a comprehensive plan in place, you can maintain and improve existing conditions and get back to doing what you do best.
Start With A Maintenance Plan
What drives up the potential for more repair work, and costs you more in unexpected losses than anything else? When your heating and cooling system isn’t maintained on a regular basis. When you sign a contract for regular maintenance, you know your building is in good hands. An HVAC maintenance partner knows your heating and cooling system inside and out because they spend time checking it from month to month. They know when your system is most likely to have problems – at the change of the seasons when your equipment is starting up again. They know proper ventilation in your building contribute to both energy efficiency and keeping your occupants healthy. As a partner, they have a vested interested in keeping everything in the best condition.
How does lighting maximize your building’s energy efficiency? Leaving lights on all day can be a costly venture. Likewise, leaving lights off can impact worker production. There are many ways to control the lighting throughout your building, depending on needs. Consider adding switches to make it easier to turn on and off. Automate the process in areas where traffic is light. Change out your lighting to LED to improve your output.
Change Your Fixtures
If the thought of changing out your entire HVAC system is overwhelming, maybe it’s time to start with smaller tasks instead. There are many ways to improve a building’s efficiency: decrease energy, electrical, or water usage. Improve the bathrooms by adding low-flow fixtures. Switch out the lighting indoors and out with LED. Change out appliances in common areas and kitchens.
Enhance Your Envelope
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) describes your building’s energy envelope as containing your:
- Exterior walls
- Windows and doors
To enhance your building’s envelope, make sure the doors and windows are adequately insulated and are kept in excellent condition.
How can we help you make your commercial property as energy efficient as possible?