Managing the energy needs of a business is no small task, especially when you take into account that most facilities are extremely energy inefficient. If you are looking to reduce your energy usage, start with what’s easy – the low-hanging fruits of energy waste.
Here are some examples of common mistakes and oversights that you can easily correct to greatly improve your energy efficiency and save money:
Poor building scheduling. Is your facility operating when it is vacant? This problem is more common than you think, and is responsible for a great deal of wasted energy. Make sure you aren’t unnecessarily running your lights, equipment, or HVAC system when your office is empty: such as early mornings, late nights, or over the weekend.
Upgrading light bulbs. Is your office still using outdated incandescent bulbs? If so, you are paying way more to light your facility than you should be – up to ten times more! Newer, LED light bulbs not only consume about 80% less energy, they also last longer, produce less heat, and are better for the environment.
HVAC Maintenance. Heating and cooling is one of the biggest costs for any business, yet many owners aren’t taking action to minimize this expense. Some things you can do include upgrading the insulation in your office, changing your air filters, and having your HVAC system professionally tuned up each year.
Phantom Energy. Did you know that many electronics continue to draw energy when they are turned off? This is true for computers, coffee makers, and even cell phone chargers. While these devices don’t use nearly as much electricity as they do when they are on, their small consumption levels can still add up. Prevent this from happening by unplugging electronics when they are not being used.
Electro Industries helps businesses across the world save money and energy through the use of our power monitoring equipment. Using EIG’s meters and energy management software, you can easily see where your facility is using the most power, and take corrective actions to fix any glaring inefficiencies. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.August 18, 2016