The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for most businesses. It isn’t surprising that many organizations that were planning to make significant energy efficiency capital investments may have had to shift priorities at this time and put those off for a few years.
As buildings get back to the business of making money, you may not have the budget, or the time, to undertake large-scale energy-efficiency upgrades. Until that time comes, we can help you keep energy costs down and health, comfort, and productivity up with some simple energy-saving tips that your facilities staff can perform!
Use LED Bulbs and Turn Off Lights
Energy-efficient light bulbs use 25 to 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last three to 25 times longer, but nothing will save money more on lights than turning them off when the space is unoccupied.
- Install programmable thermostats. Energy bills can reduce as much as 10 percent annually on heating and cooling by turning thermostats back seven to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day from its normal setting. Installing a programmable thermostat that lowers the setting in an unoccupied space can make a big difference.
- Invest in insulation. Insulation is another effective way to enhance workplace comfort. That’s because insulation makes it harder for the heat to escape and avoids drafts in the winter. It also can keep a workplace cooler in the summer and prevent condensation which later results in mold or moisture issues.
- Utilize advanced power strips. A high percentage of electricity could be used by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day, even when they are off. Computers, televisions, DVD players, modems, cable boxes, cordless phones, radios, printers, chargers, and more can consume small volumes of watts when plugged in but not in use. Of course, no one wants to simply unplug their electronics every day. Instead, electronics can be “unplugged” with a remote control or “instant on” features through an advanced power strip.
- Move the equipment away from floor vents. Floor vents blocked by equipment and furniture require up to 25 percent more energy to distribute air.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of employees is certainly the number one concern of all businesses, but they should be aware that increased energy costs will be a byproduct of complying with CDC and ASHRAE guidelines on ventilation. There are things companies can do at little to no cost to save as much as possible on energy usage. Taking the time to understand all the variables in your specific building situation will help your organization make informed decisions that are best for the health and safety of your employees and your bottom line.
Crockett Facilities Can Help!
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