There are two main approaches to improving energy efficiency in a commercial building. The first is taking steps to renovate the structure. From retrofitting the HVAC system to implementing programmable smart technology, there are many ways to optimize energy usage through equipment and structural changes.
For instance, the EPA recommends upgrading outmoded equipment to modern models with ENERGY STAR certification. This could apply to food service equipment in a commercial kitchen or the water heater in a retail store setting. Other equipment features to look for include built-in timers and energy sensors as well as sleep and low-power modes.
Along the same lines is updating and performing proper maintenance for the HVAC system. When implemented, effective HVAC system maintenance practices can optimize performance and enhance efficiency, therefore lowering operating costs.
The other approach is to change workplace practices. A great place to get started is to perform an energy audit. Doing so helps identify areas of waste while also providing insight for energy use plan development. Want to learn more about commercial building energy usage and how to reduce waste? Check out the accompanying resource for further information.
Commercial Building Energy Usage 101 from Power Kiosk, a provider of energy broker software