Take Action and Save Energy
Large and small facilities can both consume a great deal of energy during the day. From heating the building to inefficient lighting fixtures in the building; systems that are running 8-24 hours a day can prove to be a huge consumer of energy and thus, a high utility overhead to maintain.
This article is aimed specifically for those in a decision-making capacity, or those who can recommend new ideas to facility management. The goal in conveying this information is to share actionable energy saving ideas, and consideration of implementing them in your space.
Replace inefficient lighting with LED
Industries such as Education, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality will have tube lighting as their main source of illumination in their in the common areas, utility rooms or other areas with lower or dropped ceilings.
This technology is most often fluorescent and is not the most energy efficient lighting technology out there. LED technology is by far the most efficient luminaire on the market today. By switching from fluorescent to LED, the electric energy consumption would be reduced by a minimum of 30%.
Parking lots, exterior walls and sports fields can realize even greater energy savings, up to 75%, by switching out the traditional metal halide, high pressure sodium (HPS) and fluorescent lighting to LED!
Install occupancy sensors
Some areas of your building may always not be in use,whereas other areas the lights would be in-use more consistently (such as hallways). By installing occupancy sensors which signal the lighting to turn on when there is movement, you will be able to have lights be on only when the area is needed. No more needing to illuminate that back hallway that is only used a few times a day all the time.
Make sure everyone is conscious of turning off lights
Even using all the technology available, if someone does not turn off lights that need to be turned off manually (such as a switch inside a classroom), an unnecessarywaste of energy is occurring in your building.
To solve this, informall staff, visitors and contractors about the new energy reduction initiative on site.
Conduct energy audits
By conducting a throughout and professional energy audit, you can assess each area of your space,and create a plan to upgrade and replace all outdated and energy-sapping fixtures.
Go solar and generate energy
While there are manyways to conserve energy, there will still always be a degree of consumption. By following the above-mentioned tips, you will be able to greatly reduce your energy consumption levels,possibly to a pointto power it all through solar panels.
The initial investment in solar technology can be hefty, but rebates and grants are available in most areas to alleviate some of the costs. A bonus to adding solar power to your facility, is showing your community that you are committed toconserving energy. Let solar generate your building a positive ROI, all while conversing the planet’s resources.
All these tips show how attainable energy efficiency measures are becoming. Creating sustainable models, reducing ongoing costs, and generating a positive atmosphere for generations to come.
While the upfront costs may be intimidating, we recommend looking at the bigger picture. By investing the capitalnow,you can save 10x the amount in energy costs later.
The suggestions above will do just that, improve the bottom line. As a bonus, we are also having a positive impact on the environment. Sounds like a win-win to us! Just remember that saving energy does not have to be hard, just take it step by step, and you will slowly see the results of your efforts build up!