The best way for any individual, and especially any company, to save energy is to start by monitoring energy usage. Once you know which systems in your facility use the most energy, it will be much easier to come up with an energy-saving plan. However, many facilities would benefit from following the energy-saving tips below (with or without an energy audit).
5. Reduce the load put on the HVAC System
- Keep air vents clear of any obstructions, such as papers, office supplies, equipment, etc. Blocked vents cause 25% more energy to be put into pumping air into a space (9).
- Proper sealing of doors, windows and roofs minimize heat/cold escaping from the building, and prevents cold/hot air from entering (in winter and summer respectively).
- Using a programmable thermostat allows for optimal usage of the HVAC system. It allows you to program automatic adjustments in temperature in different areas at different times, to ensure no air is being circulated in unoccupied areas (2).
- Cogeneration: increases energy efficiency, and decreases the load on the HVAC system by re-directing the waste heat of power production to heat water and warm spaces (3).
7. Turn Off Equipment Not in Use (12)
- As humans, we are forgetful. So even something as simple as turning off equipment when we don’t need it on can be difficult. Additionally, all electronic devices, so long as they are plugged in, draw power even when switched off. Thankfully, there are a few things we can do.
- Use a Built-in-Timer Power Bar. The timer can be set to turn off when you know items plugged in won’t be in use.
- Use an Auto-Off Power Bar: When a central device that is plugged in is turned off, the power bar will automatically shut down the power to other connected devices. It is best to use this type of power bar with items that are almost exclusively used in tandem.
- Use occupancy sensors: integrate the lighting system occupancy sensors into the HVAC system (1) to ensure air is not being circulated to unoccupied areas.