Go Green: What Are Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Commercial Buildings?

By shakir_williams

energy reduction in commercial buildings

HVAC

  1. Repair and replace any damaged or missing insulation in your HVAC system
  2. Regularly change HVAC filters
  3. Don’t block HVAC vents with papers or furniture
  4. Adjust thermostats for seasonal changes
  5. Control direct sun light with blinds and shades
  6. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils on heat pumps, air conditioners, or chillers 

lighting tips

  1. Assess overly lit areas, and remove unnecessary lamps
  2. Turn off the lights when they are not in use
  3. Maximize daylight, It’s free!
  4. Take advantage of sky Lights
  5. Switch to LED light fixtures

water reduction

  1. Repair leaking pipes, fixtures, and seals
  2. Install water-efficient faucets, showerheads, toilets, and urinals with sensors
  3. Use tankless water heaters to reduce storage wastes/costs
  4. Purchase Energy Star commercial kitchen appliances
  5. Divert gray water for landscape irrigation
  6. Use drought-tolerant plants native to your climate

waste reduction

  1. Print double-sided to save paper
  2. Donate unused perishables and prepared foods
  3. Get rid of plastic cups, and encourage employees to bring their own mugs
  4. Use refurbished furnishings and chairs
  5. Use compostable paper towels, or install energy efficient hand dryers

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