Since moving into our Kennesaw, Georgia office, we have been working to make our building more energy efficient with the help of waste reduction processes and LED light technology. Our goal is to lessen energy consumption as well as our carbon footprint all while increasing our savings.
Motion Sensor Light Switches
In an effort to start our "Go Green" initiative, we've replaced traditional toggle switches in the bathroom and break room with motion sensor light switches. We chose to replace the switches in two areas with inconsistent use because of the likelihood of them being left on and idle for an extended period of time.
The projected savings from cutting wasted electricity is as much as 30%!
Automatic Hand Dryers
The bathroom was the source of a much-needed conservation revamp. Along with motion sensors, the space was given economic automatic hand dryers to reduce energy and paper waste.
Hand dryers can save up to 95% of cost when compared with paper towel costs.
In order to create a more energy conscious office space, we replaced traditional temperature thermostats use to control the building's HVAC with Nest thermostats. Not only are Nest thermostats Energy Star Certified, but they also have a control and locking feature accessible through your smartphone! These thermostats automatically adjust to an energy saving temperature while you're away. Not to mention, the Led screen remains off until the wave of a hand awakens it.
Heating savings, on average, can be 10% while cooling cost savings average at 15%.
We rid ourselves of retrofitting LED T8 tube lights and brought in all troffer lighting in our most recent changes. The original 32-watt-fluorescent T8 tubes were removed, along with their ballasts and replaced by 12-watt LED T8 tubes.
Switching from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting can save up to 85% in energy costs.
Making these small changes to the office will bring noticeable energy savings within a few months! Be sure to check back to see our next big energy saving update!