According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), changes in human behavior can result in up to a 30% reduction in energy usage, but commercial building owners can go further. Investments in energy efficiency audits can identify significant opportunities for improvement in lighting, HVAC, and facility power systems.
Approaching an energy savings plan with the following 3 steps is a great way to not only save money, but also make an environmental impact. Conservation is step 1. How can you reduce energy consumption through changes in human behavior and the introduction of easy to install smart devices? Efficiency is step 2. Update aging building systems, install energy management tools, and insulate effectively. Steps 3 is Renewables. Research how your facility could implement solar or wind, and utilize government available programs for guidance and rebates on your investment.
Achieving energy efficiency before investing in renewables is not a short-term money saving step, it also can reduce the investment in renewables by lowering the energy needs required for your investment in renewables. Retro-commissioning, a detailed look at the functionality of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems is an excellent activity for facility owners who have aging building systems. The process starts with a site audit to identify opportunities for improved energy efficiency.
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