Building owners and/or office managers know all too well how much a space’s energy consumption can affect their bottom line. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that roughly 33 percent of energy used in the U.S. is wasted. As energy costs continue to rise, you’ll want to get a handle on your office’s energy consumption to be green and save money. So whether you’re the building owner, property manager, or occupant, reduce your office’s energy bill and lower its carbon footprint with these six energy-saving tips:
1. Use Energy-Efficient Lighting. Make incandescent bulbs a thing of the past, and make the change to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and/or high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. CFLs use much less energy, have longer life, and produce less heat.
2. Utilize Daylight. If you have desks or workstations that require high illumination, place them near windows. This way you won’t be using unnecessary electricity to keep those spaces lit throughout the day.
3. Encourage Occupants to Turn off Equipment. We’ve all done it; we leave for the evening and forget to turn off our desk lamp. Or perhaps the restroom lights stay on all day long, no matter if it’s occupied. Whether during working hours or off hours, make sure all employees know to power things down when not in use, including kitchen equipment, copiers, and various room lights.
4. Check window and door seals. Ineffective window and door seals can be a leading cause of wasted energy usage. Escaping heat or cold air in your office space could be why your energy bill seems unnecessarily high. To check the seals, first verify there are no drafts in all areas of the space. Next, run your hand along all window and door seals for a more effective approach; if a seal is broken, you should be able to feel a distinct temperature change.
5. Install programmable thermostats. Every night, the building doesn’t need to be heated or cooled at the same level as during the day when there are occupants present. A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-program when you want a room’s set temperature to change. For example, at 5 or 6 p.m., the thermostat can change automatically to 60°, then around 4 a.m., it can automatically adjust to go back up to 70°, so it’s comfortable for those early risers.
6. Have a professional inspect equipment. Your building maintenance staff should be doing this regularly, however it doesn’t hurt to have a professional verify all the building systems are working properly. Improperly working systems, such as the HVAC system, boilers, etc. could be wasting your facility hundreds of dollars a year.
All of these energy-saving tips are perfect for helping your office space potentially lower its energy bill, saving your company money. And thanks to the 2005 Energy Bill, lighting upgrades that meet energy-efficient standards can be tax deductible depending on the state. For more great ways to lower your building’s carbon footprint, contact us today.