Energy costs in a commercial building are no joke. Between keeping the lights on, heating and air conditioning the space, and running any equipment you may use, it’s easy for energy bills to creep higher and higher. If you’ve been having sticker shock when your energy bills arrive, it’s time to take action. From upgrading your lighting to commercial heating service, here are seven ways to conserve energy in your commercial building.
Turn equipment off at the end of the day.
Computers and other machines on stand-by usually still draw some power. If you turn all equipment off at the end of the workday, you’ll use less electricity. Remind all employees to turn off their workstations daily.
Switch to LED light bulbs.
If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, it’s time to make a change. LEDs use a small fraction of the energy than incandescent bulbs use. In a big commercial building, this one small change can save you a lot of money. As an added bonus, LEDs last a lot longer.
Install energy-efficient window coverings.
Insulated shades or blinds can save you money year-round. In the summer, they block the sun and lower your AC bills. In the winter, they keep heat from escaping though your windows, lowering your heating bills.
Install a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats are pretty popular in residential homes, but a lot of businesses are a bit behind in making this upgrade. Switching to a smart thermostat makes it easier to turn the AC and heat down when nobody is in the building, which saves a lot of energy. A commercial heating and cooling company can help you make the switch.
Schedule HVAC maintenance.
A well maintained HVAC system is an efficient HVAC system. You want to be sure your furnace burners, AC coils, and vents are all clean. You also need to have your filters changed regularly. Talk to your commercial HVAC mechanical contractors about scheduling yearly or biannual maintenance to keep your system running safely and efficiently.
Get rid of unnecessary appliances.
Appliances like refrigerators and coffee makers do use a certain amount of energy in your commercial space. Of course you need some of these appliances, but you don’t want extras. If there is a fridge or other appliance nobody uses, remove it.
Install self-closing doors.
If you do not already have self-closing doors at your entryways, have some installed. Doors that swing shut on their own are left open less often. Less of your heated or air conditioned air will escape, which will keep your heating and cooling bills more manageable.
With the tips above, you can help keep commercial energy bills in check. If you’re looking for commercial heating and air conditioning repair or industrial chiller repair service, don’t hesitate to contact H&H Commercial Services, Inc. We love helping our customers save energy.