Making Energy Efficiency Your Priority
With all the talk on making things energy efficient, you would assume today’s commercial buildings are as efficient as possible. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, less than one in four have substantial energy efficiency measures in place.
Commercial buildings use one-fifth of the energy consumed in the United States. More than half of the energy goes to heating and lighting. That means there’s a lot of room for improvement. Luckily, there are easy ways to go about it.
Commercial property managers typically have one of four objections as to why they don’t push harder for energy efficient upgrades.
- Upgrading is expensive and risky
- They don’t have the resources or expertise to implement upgrades
- It’s difficult to get property owners to buy into a plan
- They lack financial resources
All are valid reasons. All can be hard to overcome.
As a property manager, what should you do?
Look for proven results. Property managers often take the “don’t deal with it until it’s broken” philosophy. And it makes sense. Why not get the most life out of what you have in place? Why deal with something that isn’t a problem today, especially when you have more pressing matters on the table?
A simple energy audit can show you all the areas where change can have a significant impact. Imagine if you could cut your energy bills in half – how would the owner feel about that?
Promote non-energy benefits. Pull up a couple of search results on commercial buildings that are dealing with indoor air quality issues; it isn’t difficult to find. Air quality is a big problem right now, and it can be used as a motivator to improve your energy efficiency. Upgrading your ventilation and HVAC system can have a huge impact on the overall health of the building. Which means you can tout that to your leasees that your building is safer to work in.
Use technology already proven to work. Energy Star is one of the most recognized labels in both residential and commercial applications. Their goal is to help both become more energy efficient with everything they do. Look for the label and use it to calculate your savings long before you invest in the upgrade.
Look for financing options. Cost is always an issue. But the government is always looking for ways to improve efficiencies throughout the economy. Look at your local Atlanta utility companies; you can often find energy rebates for everything from installing a new toilet to increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system. We can even point you in the right direction to ensure you get the most efficient, economical option for your building.
It all starts with a phone call. Are you ready to improve your commercial building efficiency?