Did you know that, according to Energy Star, the top energy consumers in a typical office are lighting, cooling and computers? Here are some ideas to help you save on your business’s energy use.
Save on cooling:
Cooling (and heating) makes up about 40% of the energy used in commercial buildings. To keep your HVAC system running efficiently, regularly change or clean HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality. Make sure that areas in front of vents are clear of furniture and paper. As much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked.
Save on lighting:
Use motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas and photocells to turn lights off automatically when enough daylight is detected. Install energy-efficient LEDs and task lighting to illuminate workspaces. Maximize daylight ― sunlight is free! Remove unnecessary lamps in overlit areas.
Save on equipment costs:
Turn off office equipment, including monitors and printers, along with lights. Activate sleep settings on your office equipment. Consolidate the number of printers in your office. Use “smart” power strips to reduce the amount of energy used by electronic equipment.
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