If you own a commercial building, you likely know how expensive energy costs can be per year. From light fixtures and equipment to air conditioning and other devices, there are many items that constantly consume power throughout the day. While energy costs are unavoidable for commercial buildings, the amount that you pay can be significantly reduced by utilizing certain devices and techniques. As a leading provider of commercial electrical services, the team at Expert Electric Commercial knows that there are many ways to reduce energy costs without compromising comfort or functionality. That is why we have compiled some information outlining how to optimize energy efficiency for commercial buildings.
The following devices and techniques can be utilized to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs for your commercial facility:
Heating and cooling typically account for the largest portion of a commercial building’s energy costs each year. This is especially true for commercial facilities located in areas with extremely hot or cold weather. Installing a smart thermostat system in a commercial facility is a great way to ensure that HVAC systems are only running when personnel are in the building, reducing energy costs without compromising employee comfort. If your HVAC systems are old or near the end of their usable life, it may also be worth replacing them with modern systems to further reduce energy costs and improve performance.
Insulation and windows are frequently overlooked elements that have a significant impact on the temperature of your property. Old or cheap insulation and thin windows make it easier for external temperatures to influence the internal temperature of your facility. If you are still spending too much on heating and cooling after installing a smart thermostat and upgrading your HVAC systems, it may be worth installing better insulation and thicker windows.
Severely outdated fluorescent light fixtures can significantly increase energy costs throughout the year. While it may be a significant investment to replace your lighting systems with modern LED-based alternatives, they will pay for themselves over the course of a few years with energy cost savings. These systems are also brighter and do not produce heat, increasing safety and comfort for your facility.
One of the best ways to reduce energy costs is to monitor what your largest expenses are each month and create strategies to reduce consumption. It is always worth reminding employees to turn unused devices off and motivating them to participate in energy-saving initiatives as poor energy habits will significantly increase energy costs.
To learn more about energy efficiency for commercial buildings or to inquire about our commercial electrical solutions, get in touch with the team at Expert Electric Commercial. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.