Electricity is one of the top expenses for a business owner or a building owner. Saving electricity can reduce your bill significantly. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wasted energy in commercial buildings because you can’t have eyes on every outlet all day long. About 30% of the energy is wasted in commercial buildings, presenting business owners with an extensive and unnecessary bill.
On the bright side, there is a lot of room for improvement. Below, we discuss several ways business owners and building managers can save electricity in commercial buildings.
HVAC Maintenance Is a Super Easy Way to Save Electricity
Heating and cooling are essential requirements in a commercial building, making it the major electricity bill shareholder. So it only makes sense to have regular HVAC maintenance to ensure the HVAC system keeps running at maximum efficiency. The air HVAC systems infuse into the room is filtered through several stages, leaving behind clogged filters, dirty vents, and ducts loaded with dust and debris. This reduces the system’s efficiency and puts more load to set the temperature.
Regular HVAC maintenance will help you maintain a smooth-running system that takes less time to impact.
Encourage Employees to Turn off Equipements, Fixtures, and Fittings
A mindful habit of turning off the lights and equipment when not in use goes a long way. You may sound like a parent or come as a bossy boss, but your employees must consider playing their part in reducing energy consumption in the building. You can encourage them by setting small incentives. Commercial buildings make up 50% of the electricity usage in the country. Imagine the collective impact if every business owner encourages their employees to turn off equipment and lighting.
Utilize Smart Building Technology
Smart buildings have automated controls to increase efficient energy use, resulting in a much lesser bill. These automated systems consist of sensors and automatic regulators that activate, deactivate, and adjust the HVAC and lighting usage depending on the number of people in a room.
As mentioned earlier, you can do that manually and encourage employees to be mindful about energy usage. However, things can often get heated and hassled around in a workplace, and putting additional duties on your employees can increase the stress. The automated system eliminates the dependability on anyone, even yourself.
Don’t Throw Money Out the Window
Yes, Don’t throw money out your window! We mean that literally. Your building might have old windows that are probably not energy efficient. Old and regular windows allow unnecessary heat and cooling loss, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime. Old windows are responsible for 25-30% of the heating and cooling loss.
Installing new windows is a considerable expense, but it saves energy significantly, resulting in more money saved in the long run. Energy-saving windows have low emissivity glass that reflects heat from outside but still lets the light in.
Insulaition Saves Energy
Adding insulation to the building is another costly but efficient way to reduce energy wastage. Insulation saves 10% of your electricity by maintaining temperatures for long periods. Many people think insulation is only about adding layers to the walls and windows. You can also add layers to the HVAC system. The system gets heated up, and the difference in temperature outside forces the system to work longer to become effective. Adding layers to HVAC pipes, ducts, and electrical outlets will reduce your energy consumption significantly.
Energy Efficient Lighting
After HVAC, lighting makes up a significant portion of your building’s energy consumption. Focusing on using energy-efficient lighting can have a much-needed impact on efficient energy use. If your building is old and outdated, it might have incandescent lighting that consumes a tremendous amount of electricity.
You can reduce your bill by installing new and energy-saving lighting solutions that include LEDs and fluorescent lights. 93% of the commercial buildings use these lights as they consume a meager amount of electricity and last longer.
Do an Energy Audit
Doing an energy audit involves thoroughly studying your electricity bill and finding out the major and minor aspects contributing to your bill and how you can increase the efficient use of energy in your building. Only then will you work most of the ways mentioned above.
You can do the energy audit yourself or hire a professional for better insights and effective solutions. After the audit, you might figure out that your HVAC needs more frequent maintenance. It can also be simple, such as furniture or equipment blocking the vent.
In addition, you can also ask your electrician how you can save energy to reduce your bill. Your electrician can inspect the building for you and report problems and solutions you might have missed. We at Golden Electrical Service provide systematic and cost-effective solutions with our years of experience working in the commercial, residential, and industrial zones. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com.