Did you know that your building could be wasting up to 30% of its energy potential? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that is the amount of energy wasted by the average building. How can you optimize your building’s energy efficiency and regain that 30%? Here are a few tips.
Save Energy by Auditing Consumption and Upgrading HVAC Equipment
How long has it been since you’ve had your energy usage audited or your HVAC equipment upgraded? Your building might have old, outdated equipment, or even newer equipment, that needs repair. Having your HVAC system inspected and making repairs or replacements as needed can increase your building’s energy efficiency and reduce your operational costs. A newer, ENERGY STAR®-qualified system could save a significant amount on your energy bill.
Save Energy by Scheduling Your Energy Usage
You can save significant amounts of energy by using your HVAC system’s programmable settings to ensure that you aren’t heating or cooling your building unnecessarily. This is easy to do by utilizing your HVAC system’s programmable thermostat or automation system, both of which will automatically turn your heating, cooling and lighting systems on and off as needed. Another way to reduce your energy usage is to minimize the number of hours in which your building is highly occupied.
Save Energy by Maintaining Your HVAC Equipment
No matter how new and efficient your HVAC system is, you want to make sure that it is maintained on a regular basis to ensure its optimal performance. Dust, debris and moisture can build up in your HVAC system, compromising its heating and cooling performance. It is also important to change your air filters regularly, keeping your system free from dust and other airborne contaminants while maximizing airflow.
Save Energy by Increasing Your Insulation
A building’s insulation can degrade overtime and cause a reduction in heating and cooling efficiency. Did you know that insulation is installed around your ductwork, pipes and electrical outlets? This insulation can contribute significantly to your building’s HVAC performance. Replacing this insulation, or simply adding to it, can help to increase your energy efficiency with minimal effort.
Save Energy by Educating Your Building Tenants
Saving energy often comes down to making sure that your building tenants are on board with your energy efficiency initiative. You can save a lot more energy if your tenants are conscientious about their use of your building’s lighting, heating and cooling systems. You might even want to provide incentives that will encourage them to be more energy efficient.
With a few simple steps, you can increase your energy efficiency by up to 30%! Call Hader Solutions today and discover how we can help you optimize your building’s energy efficiency.
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