On an average workday, an office building typically uses a lot of energy. From heating/air conditioning to lighting, commercial buildings tend to use more energy than residential homes simply because the space is bigger. Even after closing hours, many office buildings leave a few lights on, which can significantly contribute to an expensive utility bill. Here are a few eco-friendly and frugal ways commercial buildings can save energy.
More often than not, people tend to leave their devices plugged in even when they’re not using them. Things like phone chargers, desk lamps and coffee makers should be unplugged when they’re not in use, as this can reduce the amount of energy being wasted. Unplugging your computer is not necessary on a daily basis because it can take more effort just to restart it the next day, but if you will be out of the office for several days or weeks, unplugging your desktop could be beneficial in reducing energy costs.
Switch to LED Lighting
LED lighting is up to 80 percent more energy efficient than fluorescent lighting, making it a great way for commercial buildings to save money on utilities. Although LED light bulbs can cost more to purchase upfront, your office building will be saving more money in the long run. With the amount of energy it takes to light an office building, it seems worth the investment.
Be Mindful of Thermostat Settings
During the cold winter months, it can be tempting to want to crank the thermostat up to sauna-like temperatures. However, doing this can drastically affect your office’s energy bills, and you’ll end up with a hefty utility bill each month. Instead, try setting your building’s temperature 7 to 10 degrees lower overnight when no one is in the office. In the morning, simply return it back to a comfortable temperature. This is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, because no one will notice that the temperature has gone down overnight. In fact, you can see savings of up to 10 percent per year just by doing this!
Water conservation is another easy way for commercial buildings to save money. Be sure to check for leaky faucets, as even a single leaky faucet can result in a significant increase in your building’s utility bill. Another way you can cut down on your office’s energy usage is by adjusting the temperature of the hot water heaters to 110 to 120 degrees. Anything higher than that is unnecessary and can even be damaging to your skin.