How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?
In commercial facilities, lighting and HVAC commonly are the two largest consumers of energy. However, there are multiple factors that that must be considered when evaluating options for energy savings. There are several steps that can be taken to reduce energy costs:
- Regular filter replacements – consistently replacing filters is the best way for consumers to reduce energy costs and improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
- Preventative maintenance program – A proper preventative maintenance program can reduce operating expenses by up to 40%. It is also crucial to ensure that your system is running at optimal levels. Improper airflow is the most common result of a neglected system. This causes your unit to work harder, consume more energy, and results in a higher level of mechanical failures than a properly maintained system. Our Preventative Maintenance program is based on Manufacturer guidelines and industry best practices, customized to the needs of your facility.
- Reduce Heat load – Advances in technology have made Green Energy solutions practical where they may not have been in the past. Depending on your environment and occupant habits there are multiple options for Building Owners and Facilities managers to reduce energy consumption. Installing Occupancy sensors, LED Lighting, Window treatments, Insulation, Cool Roof Coating (CRC) and other options can significantly reduce heat load in a building, directly reducing energy costs.
- Building Automation Systems (BAS) – Leverage Building Automation Systems to ensure optimal performance of your system. However, it is not enough to have a system in place. Building owners and facilities managers must also be diligent in monitoring system performance to ensure Occupant behavior does not contribute to excessive energy consumption. It is not uncommon for set points or schedules to be adjusted or overridden based on user preference, often without the knowledge of the Facilities manager.
- Upgrade to a high-efficiency system – In most cases, it is not cost effective to upgrade to a high efficiency system if existing equipment is well maintained and free of major mechanical problems. However, in extreme cases, it can be cost effective to replace the entire system. By combining our expertise and industry best practices, we can provide business case data to help building owners and facilities managers make the best decision for their business.
Even if your facility has these solutions in place, it is critical to evaluate as your facility ages. As an example, window film degradation of UV protection begins around the 5-year mark and thermal loss around 15. Our expertise allows us to identify practical, cost effective solutions that make sense for your business.