Oftentimes the small changes a company makes make a significant impact on the bottom line. The same is true in regards to becoming more energy efficient. While there are a myriad of large energy conservation measures and upgrades available, such as solar panels, central chiller plants, building automation systems and complete lighting retrofits that provide maximum impact in the long term, there are also many smaller changes that can be turnkey and just as important to reducing costs.
Here are a few suggestions that we recommend to make your company’s energy usage more cost effective:
- Switch to lighting options such as LED energy efficient bulbs and motion-sensors. LED bulbs are not always “ready for prime time” in all lighting applications but they are perfect for replacing smaller lighting sources; especially where compact fluorescent bulbs would traditionally be used to replace incandescent and halogen lamps. In fact, LED bulbs last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and use only 2-10 watts of electricity.
- Upgrade water-using fixtures to include motion-sensor faucets and low-flow toilets and sinks. Low-flow toilets save the average U.S. household about 25 gallons of water per day. Imagine how quickly those savings can add up for your company.
- Apply tinting to exterior windows. Windows can be a building’s largest contributor to energy loss – energy saving window films reduce energy costs by 25 to 30 percent.
- Use Energy Star equipment. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and equipment incorporate advanced technologies and use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances and equipment.
Encouraging your employees to contribute to your energy-saving efforts will also greatly increase your opportunity for success. Create an energy-awareness program company-wide, requesting input from your employees regarding where they might recommend cutting energy usage in your building – you might be surprised at the level of enthusiasm with which it is met.
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