When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.
HVAC temperature setbacks. Because HVAC systems account for a large amount of the energy consumed—nearly 30 percent of all electricity used, in the case of office buildings—adjusting temperature settings can be a source of substantial savings. In particular, it’s a great idea to turn temperature settings up during unoccupied hours and on weekends during the summer. You can automate these settings with programmable thermostats or through a building automation system. You can also try implementing small temperature setbacks during working hours—a simple 1° to 2° Fahrenheit change in temperature will frequently go unnoticed by occupants.
Daylighting controls. Daylighting control systems use sensors to adjust electric lighting levels in response to available daylight. These controls can reduce your lighting energy consumption by 20 to 80 percent, as well as lowering cooling costs. If you have areas where natural daylight is prevalent, consider installing such controls. Or if you have previously installed these controls, check them to make sure they are properly calibrated and working as expected.
Night precooling. If your building has a building automation system, consider cooling the building at night with outside air. This strategy lowers the temperature of the overall building mass, resulting in a smaller cooling load during the day. Studies have shown that this strategy can save between 5 and 20 percent of overall cooling energy, depending on the climate. It can also result in improved occupant comfort by improving air quality.
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The Michigan Chamber’s Utility & Telecom Savings program can help you to identify other ways to save money on your utility and telecommunications bills. Through our program, we are able to perform a thorough analysis of your utility billing, leading to past financial recovery and ongoing monthly savings.
The Michigan Chamber’s LED Lighting program is a practical, long-term solution to reduce your facility electric bills, save on maintenance time and cost, and make a positive imprint on the environment.