AC ENGS -- Energy Efficiency Tips -- 03-17-16

Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Business

No matter how energy efficient you’ve kept your business, there most likely are more ways you can increase your building’s energy efficiency. These tips can help you lower your monthly utility bills past your current level of savings.

Lighting

  • Reduce how many lights you use.
  • Change your lights to compact fluorescents or LEDs.
  • Use task lighting as opposed to lighting.
  • Make sure lights are turned off when no one is in the building.
  • Install occupancy sensors.
  • Clean bulbs, lenses, lamps, fixtures and reflective surfaces.
  • Replace fluorescent or incandescent exit signs with LED signs.

Refrigeration and Food Service Equipment

  • Fully load cooking equipment without overloading it.
  • Keep pots covered.
  • Choose the right icemaker to reduce energy costs.
  • Regularly maintain evaporator coils to keep them clean and free of any ice build-up.
  • Install strip curtains and automatic door-closers on coolers and walk-in freezers.
  • Place insulated night covers over display cases.
  • Use insulated cooking equipment when you can.
  • Adjust door latches to ensure that oven doors fit tightly.
  • Make sure gaskets are in good condition.

Office Equipment

  • Turn off machines when they’re not being used.
  • Set computer monitor to begin sleep mode when it’s been inactive for five minutes.
  • Set computer to standby mode or hibernate when it’s been inactive for 30 minutes.
  • Unplug laptops and cellphone chargers when they aren’t being used.
  • Use a power strip for any equipment that continues to use energy when turned off.
  • Use a “smart” power strip that can sense when equipment isn’t being used and turns off power.
  • Only buy equipment with an Energy Star logo.
  • Get the right size copier for your business.

Heating and Cooling

  • Turn the thermostat down at least one degree in winter and up at least one degree in summer.
  • Change the filters on your HVAC system a minimum of four times a year.
  • Close window shades to reduce the inside temperatures during the day.
  • Open shades during the day in order to naturally heat the building.
  • Close shades at night for increased insulation.
  • Make sure air vents are kept free of obstructions in order for air to circulate properly.
  • Consult a contractor if your heating and cooling is uneven between various rooms.
  • Keep the building’s electrical equipment and systems up-to-date with scheduled maintenance.
  • Use a programmable thermostat.
  • Let workers wear comfortable clothing when the weather is hot.
  • Keep exterior and freight doors shut when possible.
  • Apply solar control window films to existing glass in doors and windows.
  • Install solar screens, awning or window film in windows that face south or west.
  • Install ceiling fans.
  • Buy Energy Star cooling and ventilation units.
  • Insulate your water heater and supply pipes.
  • Install wall and ceiling insulation.
  • Have an HVAC technician tune your ventilation and cooling systems.
  • Maintain a regular schedule for filter replacement and cleaning.

Contact Air Conditioning Engineers for more energy saving measures. We clean, inspect and repair HVAC equipment to keep it working at top performance, which helps prevent wasted energy usage. We also install Carrier products, including Smart thermostats, geothermal heat pumps and energy efficient central air conditioners.