Ten Energy Facts About Commercial Buildings
10. Want to check all your thermostat settings and performance from your PC, laptop or iPhone? It’s easy! Get the ecobee wireless Smart Thermostat, and you can monitor performance anywhere, at any time.
- 9. The EPA has a free benchmarking tool that lets you compare your energy use to similar buildings in your climate zone. Go to https://www.energystar.gov/istar/pmpam/ to see how your building stacks up.
- 8. In 10 years, Californian electric utilities will be required to generate 30% of their power using renewable sources. That’s good news for carbon footprints, but can result in your electric bill rising as renewable sources are more expensive than fossil fuels.
- 7. In 20 years, new commercial buildings in California will have to be “net zero” energy users. Over the course of a typical year, each new building will have to generate as much energy as it uses.
- 6. Ductwork standards have tightened recently, reducing leakage and improving indoor air quality. Most commercial ducts don’t meet today’s standards, wasting energy and money. Leakage rates of 30% or more are common.
- 5. Are your servers keeping your cooling systems up late? Some equipment needs cooling 24 hours a day. But it’s wasteful too cool a whole floor just to control one server room. Spot cooling dedicated equipment rooms makes great energy sense.
- 4. Are thermostat wars breaking out in your office? Are half your office staff wearing sweaters in August? Your air distribution isn’t balanced. Have it checked so the cooling gets to the people who need it without freezing everyone in Accounting.
- 3. How clean are your cooling coils? Dirt and debris can block air flow and heat transfer, making air conditioning equipment work harder, burn energy and wear out more quickly. Save money and extend equipment life with a power wash or a cleaning solution.
- 2. The two greatest consumers of energy in commercial buildings are lighting and temperature control (heating and cooling).
- 1. The number one reason why tenants relocate to a new building is because their existing space is either too hot or too cold. In today’s rental market, tenants are priceless while vacated space can sit empty for months. Don’t risk losing your income stream; make sure tenants and their staff are comfortable all year long!