Simple Steps to Optimizing Energy Use in Commercial-Based Buildings – Part 1
According to statistics, the average commercial-based building wastes approximately 30% energy on a daily basis. Surprisingly, this figure may be lowered by 10% with little to absolutely no cost, whatsoever. But there are business energy solutions.
If you have never placed any amount of time and/or effort into optimizing energy savings in your building, it is time to start! The easiest methods of reducing energy waste, of course, is to adjust the thermostat settings within your building and keeping lights off that are not in use; however, there are several other simple steps to optimizing energy use in commercial-based buildings.
In this brief guide, we will share these steps with you! Continue reading to discover ways you may save hundreds – even thousands – of dollars each and every single year!
Save Energy with Lighting by Spending Little to No Money
We have all heard the saying, “It takes money to save money”. While this is considered to be true – on the most part – it does not have to be true when you are attempting to optimize energy use in commercial buildings. In fact, there are many business energy solutions you can implement by spending little to no money at all! For the purpose and intent of this first installment, we are going to focus on ways that you may save energy on lighting by spending little to no money:
- According to research, if you turn off the lights in a commercial building when they are not being used or are not considered to be necessary, you may save your business as little as 10% or as much as 40%! When the natural daylight is considered to be sufficient enough to work in certain areas, depend on that lighting instead of inside lights. Additionally, if you have areas that are not continuously in use, be sure to turn off the lights!
- We all know that sunlight is absolutely free; therefore, in order to save energy in your commercial-based building, you should ensure that you are striving to maximize the use of the natural lighting that is readily available. You may open blinds, curtains, and windows in order to do this. Additionally, you may install a wide assortment of skylights to bring in more natural light.
- There are likely several areas in and around your building that have too much lighting. In these regions, you will want to de-lamp in order to save on energy costs.
- If it is possible, you should incorporate the use of simple task lights within your building. This will help ensure that you are only consuming the amount of power that is necessary to complete the tasks that your company is responsible for doing each day.
- Finally, you should create a maintenance program that focuses specifically on the lighting within your facility. This program should ensure that LED bulbs are in place, only the necessary amount of light is being consumed, and upgrades are performed when deemed necessary.
As you can imagine, there are many productive ways to save money on energy costs in commercial-based buildings.
In the first installment of this series, you have learned that it is possible to save anywhere from 10% to 40% on lighting costs by making a few simple adjustments.
The best part is, all of the adjustments outlined in this installment may be implemented at a very low cost.
Many of the adjustments are things that may be implemented for free!
If you are ready to save a little money in your business, be sure to bookmark us and come back next week as we continue this series! Hardcore Electric is dedicated to bringing you the best information when it comes to electrical and energy news!