How Building Owners Can Better Their Energy Efficiency

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It’s time to get the whole team onboard

If you want to begin saving energy in your building, there are a million ways to start. New technologies can help owners increase competence while lessening consumption, but people are also an essential part of the process. If you truly want to increase a structure’s energy efficiency, it’s important to develop a policy for your building’s occupants that outlines appropriate energy use strategies. By getting everyone onboard, you will benefit the environment while saving some serious cash at the same time!

Offices: Turn the lights off

It may sound obvious, but if your tenants turn the lights off when they leave the office, it can save tons of money and energy. Now, we understand that there may be a good reason for keeping some lights on—such as decreasing the chances of burglary or making a building more attractive to potential renters, but this doesn’t mean that every fixture needs to be on a constant running rotation.

A good control system can take care of much of this for you, though it helps to ensure that your whole team is also on board because, of course, it’s also a viable to save energy during the day. Do all those desk lamps really need to be on? Encouraging tenants to open blinds and re-organize their office spaces to maximize natural light can significantly reduce daytime energy usage, and may also have health benefits for the building’s occupants.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling systems need to be constantly maintained to ensure that all systems are operating effectively and efficiently. During peak heating and cooling seasons, HVAC filters should be changed or cleaned on a monthly basis. It’s also important for the evaporator and condenser coils on heating and cooling devices to be regularly cleaned and inspected. Don’t neglect to check and repair damaged insulation, as well as making sure areas in front of vents are clear of paper, furniture, and other potentially hazardous objects.

Encouraging building occupants to turn down air conditioners and heating systems when they leave the building is also important in the energy-saving process. Programmable thermostats are also a great way to save energy, as they automatically turn down heating and cooling systems on nights, weekends, and scheduled times when the building will be unoccupied.

Education and Communication

It’s essential that you develop an effective line of communication with your building’s tenants in order to highlight the importance of energy-saving practices. Energy Star’s communications toolkit is one great place to start, though there are many online and in-person resources that can help building owners, companies, and teams educate building users and inhabitants about increasing energy efficiency.

Ensuring that your building’s HVAC units are properly maintained, inspected, and repaired on a regular basis is extremely beneficial. Reducing excess lighting, heating, and cooling during off-peak hours, as well as educating tenants on energy efficient practices while in the office are essential in your sustainability mission.

If you want to learn more about saving energy in your building, or if you need air-conditioning systems repaired, inspected, or installed, contact Signature Air today. As a leader in the industry, we are happy to serve all of your needs!