With prices on the rise again, it’s important to be conscious of your energy use for both personal use in the home and services for both large corporations and municipalities. A lot of energy goes into heating and cooling big buildings. Making these spaces more efficient can save the taxpayer dollars, while improving private businesses helps the bottom line. While some of the things you can do to reduce your energy usage may cost money at the outset, over the long term, they will save money and are good for the environment. Much more so than the old, outdated, wasteful systems still found in some properties today.
Try to find a provider of comprehensive power distribution solutions with a portfolio of medium and low voltage power distribution projects. Highly efficient grid networks will provide the foundation for energy efficient infrastructures, buildings and industrial applications. This will help keep costs down and allow for spaces to be more â€˜green’ which is not only the trend these days but is also the right thing to do for the planet.
Hire a consultant to do an energy audit of your property. He will assess how the building consumes and wastes power, helping to find areas where efficiencies can be made such as electricity consumption, building heat loss and inefficient systems. A professional will know all the problem areas to look for and will know where to point you to find good solutions. Cost-effective changes can then be made. An example would be using more energy efficient equipment, such as Energy Star rated systems to replace outdated ones.
While having cleaning crews come after hours is the least disruptive option to employees, having crews work during regular business hours can be a better option. This reduces the time heating, cooling and lights are in use at night when just a few people are using it.
Use energy-efficient lighting and upgrade your fixtures and bulbs. This will use less power and create less heat to strain your heating ventilation air-conditioning systems (HVAC).
Educate building occupants about the benefits of energy efficiency and promote their conservation of it. Ask people to turn off lights in unused rooms just like they would at home, to not let water run unnecessarily in bathroom or kitchen sinks, to keep refrigerators open just long enough to remove contents.
Take a critical look at water waste and usage. Perform an audit and fix leaks and other obvious signs of loss. Install low-flow equipment. High-pressure flow isn’t usually necessary and leads to water wastage.
Check and see what temperature settings are in place for off-use hours. It’s acceptable for a space to be a little hot or a little cold when not in use and there aren’t comfort concerns to be mindful of. Reset thermostats if necessary to allow for these temperature changes based on hours of occupancy. Also make sure equipment is high efficiency and replace old boilers, water handlers and air distributors. Just because something works, doesn’t mean that it works well and may be costing you more than you think. By implementing just a few of these tips, you will be able to keep your costs low when energy bills rise again.
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