Powering an office building is costly, which makes maintaining your property and keeping things comfortable difficult. The balancing act of keeping your energy costs low and renters happy is highlighted when trying to eliminate needless energy waste.
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Energy Savings Tips for Office Buildings
While every office building has a unique energy use profile, here are a few general tips that can reduce your power bill.
1. Smart Lights
A great deal of energy waste is due to carelessness. Perhaps the most common needless energy expenditure is the failure of building users to turn off lights. Smart lights fight energy waste in two ways:
1. Automatically dimming when space is already being supplemented by sunlight.
2. Automatically turning on and off.
Installing smart lights comes with upfront costs that are unavoidable; however, given the prevalence of light waste, they are likely to pay off in the long run.
Overlooking the power of shade when working towards cutting energy costs is a mistake. Protecting your building from sunlight is a simple and relatively cheap energy-saving solution. Installing shades or blinds keeps your building temperature down reducing the strain on your air conditioning system, and placing trees and landscaping in sun-facing areas can also help produce shade in the right spots. Another way to help keep your building cool without running up your HVAC bill is through window tinting.
3. Understand Your Building’s Energy Use Profile
Knowing how your energy bill is racking up is the first step in reversing the trend. There are a host of tools for building owners to track energy usage. Which tools you elect to incorporate into the management of your property should be based on the amount of energy it consumes. Ranging from installing smart thermostats to hiring dedicated technicians to monitor consumption, understanding your energy use can be a huge cost saver.
4. Ensure Your Building’s Ventilation System is Unobstructed
Making sure your existing heating and cooling system is operating at peak efficiency is a no-brainer.
Dirty heating and cooling coils frequently cause inefficiency in HVAC systems. Check to make sure that your coils are in good operating condition, and if they are not, clean them to get them in working order.
Similarly, air handling unit filters frequently become clogged reducing the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Replacing clogged filters is an easy and quick way to improve your HVAC’s efficiency thereby reducing energy expenditure.
Furniture is also a common culprit in HVAC vent obstruction. Avoiding having furniture block vents is a simple way to reduce energy consumption.
5. Stress the Importance of Good Energy Saving Habits
Letting your employees and renters know the importance of efficient energy utilization can make an impact. Encouraging your renters and employees to do simple things like avoid obstructing HVAC vents with furniture or turning lights off when unused can go a long way. There’s a fine line between respectfully communicating the importance of energy savings to your renters and being overbearing, but walking that line can create a better working environment for them and lower costs for you.
6. New Commercial HVAC Units
While it might seem intimidating, getting a new HVAC system is often the best thing you can do to reduce energy costs. There is a good chance that your building is not equipped with an efficient HVAC system. Your HVAC system is likely to account for over half of your building’s net energy consumption. While getting a new HVAC system has upfront costs, in the long run, the amount you’ll save will trump the cost of the system.
Managing large properties are tough, and office space is no exception. Keeping energy consumption low is one significant way to minimize expenses. While there is not a cure-all solution to a back-breaking power bill, taking several deliberate steps to reduce consumption in unison can yield considerable savings.