On average, we are wasting 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings.
With a higher focus on eco-friendly energy consumption, identifying and reducing energy wastage is essential. And, as an added benefit, energy conservation can reduce your operating costs too.
If you want to save energy in your commercial buildings, keep reading for five top energy-saving solutions.
1. Learn About Temperature Regulation
One of the most critical uses of energy in commercial buildings is heating and cooling. Unfortunately, most commercial buildings are designed with a focus on creating enough space, so they do not have good natural temperature regulation.
Taking steps to manage this temperature regulation yourself takes a huge energy load off the AC system. In addition, installing insulation will help keep the building warm in cooler months, so your building will not use as much heating.
In the summer months, focus on ways to get the heat out of the building, like opening windows.
2. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat helps with your AC management. These thermostats automatically turn off or lower the air conditioning overnight and early morning.
Managing the heating and cooling of the building around when people are actually in the building reduces waste.
3. Improve All Your Light Bulbs
The next significant source of energy in commercial buildings is lighting. With so much space to cover, commercial buildings usually have thousands of light bulbs inside.
Switching to energy-saving lighting will significantly affect your building’s energy consumption. LED light bulbs are more expensive but use less energy than traditional light bulbs, so it’s a cost-effective decision.
4. Let in More Natural Light
Even if you switch to LED lighting, you can reduce your lighting energy needs even more. Incorporating more natural light means the people in your building will not need to use lighting.
The easiest way to do this is by increasing the window sizes or adding skylights.
5. Install Solar Panels
Once you have reduced your energy consumption as much as possible, there are still more options! Solar panel installation is a great way to supplement your energy consumption.
Solar panels are a form of renewable energy. This means that, even though your energy consumption does not necessarily change, the type of energy you are using is much better for the environment.
Switching to renewable energy is also better for your budget. While the cost of solar installation is expensive, the energy generated from solar panels supplements your need for energy from the power grid. Since you use less of that electricity, your power bill goes down.
Energy Saving Solutions in Commercial Buildings
Energy-saving solutions are better for the environment and save you money in the long term. Focusing on heating, cooling, and lighting is the easiest way to reduce energy waste. However, alternative energy sources are also important.
If you value sustainability in commercial buildings, contact us to get started on making some improvements.