In the quest to reduce carbon footprint and lower energy bills businesses and commercial building owners are often financially and morally motivated to reduce their carbon footprint and energy consumption. Although some business owners will see this as an additional cost, you don’t necessarily have to spend more than you can afford to make your building and commercial premises energy efficient. Outlined below are a few handy tips on how to improve the energy efficiency of a commercial building without breaking the bank.
1. Install energy efficient bulbs (LEDs) and daylight controllers. Although most people consider it normal for light bulbs to remain on during the day, and night, you can save lots of energy by replacing tubes and incandescent bulbs with energy-saving bulbs, and especially LED bulbs. This is especially important for rooms that have little or no natural light during the day. In addition to this, consider having daylight controllers, or even infrared sensors installed to control the lights. The sensors should be able to turn off lights when no one is in the office, stairs, or even the toilets.
2. Make good use of natural light. This comes in handy for offices with direct access to sunlight. Educate the occupants on the need and benefits of opening blinds and windows to allow natural sunlight through. Opening windows not only let fresh air in but also helps reduce lighting bills significantly. Some businesses even invest in specially designed roofs and windows that allow natural light into all rooms efficiently. You too could adopt such to take care of lighting bills.
3. Consider solar power. Although it may seem unviable for many industrial applications, solar energy can be used to power many of the simple applications in the office. Have a solar system installed to help power HVAC systems, computers, fans, light bulbs during the day. If the solar system is strong enough, it can be used to substitute electricity from the power grid. You will only need the grid for energy-intensive applications within the building. A solar power system can help cut down energy bills by up to 60%, and reduce 50% greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50%.
4. Invest in energy efficient IT systems. Information Technology (IT) systems are among the biggest electricity consumers in commercial buildings today. Computers and the server room consume much of the energy in offices, investing in the most energy-efficient systems can help lower the electricity bill by significant margins. Make sure all computer systems are set to optimal power saving mode (sleep when not in use, turn off during the night, etc.) to reduce energy wastage. If you still use the old CRT monitors, consider switching to the more efficient LED screens.
5. Insulation. Proper insulation is needed to ensure the building remains comfortable enough in both winter and summer. If the building is still on the traditional insulation systems, then consider replacing it with high-performance insulation. Windows and doors also need to be inspected for air leaks. An energy-efficiency audit can also help pinpoint areas that need to be worked on to make the building energy efficient.
The tips mentioned above should help reduce energy consumption, hence lower bills. It will also reduce your carbon footprint significantly.