Organizations across the country are working to reduce their carbon footprint by exploring energy conservation measures and related energy usage strategies. Even small changes in equipment and systems can have an immediate positive impact resulting in reduced waste, healthier buildings, and a lower expenditure on utilities.
Energy conservation measures are particularly relevant during a time when many buildings across the country are unoccupied, allowing for building managers and owners to adjust settings on systems without compromising the comfort of occupants.
Our team of energy managers and engineers at SitelogIQ has prepared 5 energy conservation tips designed to save facility managers and building owners on energy expenditures while also reducing their environmental impact.
Energy Conservation Tips
Adjust HVAC in Unoccupied Buildings With many businesses operating with employees working remotely right now, there is an opportunity to adjust HVAC systems without impacting occupants. For unoccupied buildings, place all HVAC units into unoccupied/setback mode with heating at 45 F and cooling at 90 F.
Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions Lighting design and solutions play a critical role in both energy efficiency and occupant comfort in buildings. From LED lighting to automation and systems controls, there are various options for building owners looking to save on lighting costs.
Improve Building Envelope A building envelope is the actual physical barrier that separates the conditioned (indoor) and unconditioned (outdoor) environment of a building from air, water, heat, light, and noise. Installing new insulation, energy-efficient windows, and even applying a roof coating are ways to improve the building envelope and lower overall energy usage.
Install Programmable Thermostats For businesses and schools that want to identify immediate ways to lower heating (and subsequently cooling) costs, programmable thermostats, and more specifically, integrated building automation systems should be installed. These systems are pre-set within comfortable temperature ranges based on occupancy and usage and can even be monitored in real-time to alert owners of any issues. For buildings that are currently unoccupied, these systems can be imperative in the management of energy usage.
Perform an Energy Audit In order to make an informed decision about how to reduce energy usage and an organization’s impact on the environment, business owners should consider a full energy audit of their buildings. Audits may include a full inspection of a building to assess systems and structure, data analysis and review of utility bills and costs, and recommended improvements or upgrades to maximize building efficiency. A thorough audit can present companies with a formalized approach to energy management.
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