Buildings need to be flexible to reach new levels of energy efficiency. One of the biggest expenses every month is the fuel bill. The lighting, heating, air conditioning, security systems, office equipment are all big contributors to the cost of your building operations. There are ways to cut these costs that can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
1. Replace your old inefficient HVAC system. This doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. New HVAC designs waste less energy and money. There are some points to consider when investing in a new system.
The best investment is in the highest-efficiency boiler, furnace, chiller and/or rooftop unit that your company can afford. These high-efficiency systems use less energy and cost less in utility bills.
2. Improve your building's efficiency. A few simple tasks like reducing the lighting level, insulating windows and sealing duct leaks will decrease the demands on your equipment. With better building efficiency, you may be able to install a smaller and less expensive heating and air system.
3. Install a computerized energy management system. These systems can adjust air flow and temperature based on occupancy, building use and other factors. This can also deliver big savings to your bottom line.
4. Perform Regular Maintenance. Any small problems can be found before they become large expensive ones. When you inspect air conditioning and heating equipment monthly and perform routine maintenance, you can lower energy costs and extend the life of your equipment.
5. Automated Systems Control HVAC Costs. Energy management systems can help the energy costs of your commercial heating and cooling system. These systems are also known as building automation systems (BAS), and may integrate other building services, such as security and fire prevention. An energy management system will track building traffic and find the best time of day to start heating or cooling a building to a desired temperature.
Estimates are that automated systems can save at least 10 percent of overall building energy consumption. The savings are even more for buildings that currently lack an efficient HVAC system. In addition to saving energy, these systems may also reduce the cost of overall building maintenance.
6. Go Green. Green technologies just make sense from an economic, environmental and compliance standpoint. Investing in green products and green design can help to keep your company out of the red with high energy costs. Green design is used to reduce demands on commercial systems that often run continuously.
Green products include windows that optimize sunlight and reduce the need for artificial lights that strain cooling systems. Companies should consider investing in equipment that uses non-polluting refrigerants – a green product that won’t harm the environment. The EPA is phasing out ozone-damaging refrigerants for a family of refrigerants that don’t contain chlorine.
These are just a few ways that you, as a commercial building manager, can lower your energy costs of your system.
The team at Ohio Heating can help you decide what HVAC system will best reduce your building’s energy costs. Our technology can help you meet the comfort and safety needs of your occupants while also increasing your operational and energy efficiency through a full range of HVAC, energy, lighting, air quality, gas detection, and smoke management solutions.
Our services can be delivered turnkey or as a pre-engineered packaged for installation and integration. The professionals at Ohio Heating have the knowledge and training to find what will best suit your needs!