Over the years energy consumption has been growing exponentially, becoming one of the largest expenses in commercial establishments. The increase in energy use has been a result of growing commercial office space, economic growth demanding more office space, and various energy-consuming devices.
The main energy consumers in commercial establishments include heating, cooling, and lighting. When you want to reduce expenses incurred on energy consumption, you have to start practicing effective energy-saving measures. Putting them into practice will ensure you maximize the use of energy and avoid wastage.
Here are some of the energy-saving measures which you can implement in commercial establishments;
In case your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) have not undergone maintenance for long, it will not function properly. Besides, it would end up using more energy to achieve its target temperature. Therefore, ensure that you make a routine inspection, cleaning, and maintenance at least twice, before summer and before winter. This ensures full functionality and energy efficiency.
If you have had the same HVAC over years, consider upgrading it to a more energy-efficient and easier to maintain HVAC system.
Improve insulation to save plenty
Insulation is an easy way to save energy. Repairing any compromised insulation and adding insulation layers to your HVAC and electrical outlets helps to save energy.
Insulating your external wall also helps to improve energy efficiency as heat loss through the building is reduced.
Use of Energy efficient lighting
One of the largest energy-consuming systems in commercial establishments is lighting. Focusing on energy-efficient lighting can help cut down energy costs.
One of the energy-efficient lighting ways is using occupancy sensors to operate lights only when occupied. Also low consuming lights such as LED, fluorescent, Halogen, and HID.
The use of low-cost techniques can significantly reduce your energy bills. Always ensure office electronic equipment like computers, photocopiers and printers are turned off when not in use.
Smart building refers to buildings that have complete automated systems and controls in place. In smart building, sensors are integrated together forming an intelligent data collection application.
With smart building, you can check your HVAC performance, controlling its temperatures and transmitting commands via a centralized command system to change your settings and adjusting the values. Hence, this is an effective way to save on energy.
Invest in energy-saving appliances
When exploring ways to save energy, never forget the use of energy-saving appliances. If your refrigerator, water cooler, and other devices use lots of electricity consider changing to EnergyStar rated appliances.
Establishing a work culture where finding ways to save energy is a priority to employees
Employees can be a great asset towards achieving energy saving costs goals. Where you have no automated systems in place always train your employees on energy conservation. Employees should always put off their computers and lights before they leave. This always turns out to be a great energy-saving measure
Maintaining low energy consumption in commercial establishments can be difficult. However, with these tips, you will be able to cut down your energy bill and maximize on your profit.