How Commercial Buildings Can Save Energy After Hours
Does your commercial property run like clockwork? Do people come and go on regular shifts, leaving your building empty for hours on end?
What are you doing to make it as energy efficient as possible during those hours?
LED technology is simply the smarter choice for today’s commercial buildings. LEDs use 90 percent less energy and produce up to 90 percent less heat than traditional lighting sources. They also last up to 15 times longer. That means while they are operating, they won’t contribute to the heat source inside, requiring your HVAC equipment to work harder to keep the air supply properly conditioned. That’s a double benefit that impacts your bottom line.
The advantages aren’t just during the day while in operation. LED lighting turns off instantly. It won’t flicker, dims well, and makes the perfect choice when your after hours lighting either work on motion sensors or reduce the number of lights throughout your property.
LED lighting is also highly directional, meaning it lights up the surrounding areas perfectly no matter what your final desires are. Want it for aesthetics for walkways and building lights? Want it for security in the parking structure? LED will do all that and more while helping you save energy in the process.
As you probably already know, HVAC is your biggest energy consumption. That makes it your biggest source of opportunity when reducing costs.
Start by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Then use it to drop up to ten degrees after hours while your building sits empty. Before you change it, make sure you understand the patterns of your tenants. Then adjust accordingly. Reducing the temperatures up to 8 hours every night and on weekends can help you save 10 percent and more on your heating and cooling expense.
Also, turn to your ventilation system to save even more. Is it as efficient as possible? How about installing a demand-controlled ventilation system? A demand-controlled ventilation system evaluates the number of people in a room and adjusts the fan speed accordingly. That means you’ll only condition air to the optimal level for the amount of traffic that is in each room. More will be used during peak hours, and the system will adjust in off hours.
If you’re ready to lower your monthly energy bills, maybe it’s time to incorporate smart, sustainable products into your business practices. We can help. Give us a call today.