Reduce your energy to heat and cool
My last blog reviewed how to reduce your office electrical consumption since office buildings consume nearly 20% of the electrical consumption in the USA. About 25% of the energy is for space heating and cooling. How can you reduce your energy for heating and cooling?
- Install a programmable thermostat. At our office the temp is set to 62 on the weekends during winter and 85 during the summer. That way the furnace or air conditioner barely runs on the weekends. Just make sure you program the system to meet your desired temperature before people get to the office.
- Before you head out on a long car trip you get your car serviced. Do the same for your system before the heat of summer or cold of winter hits. You should get it serviced at least twice a year. If you do, chances are it won’t go down on the hottest day of the year and lower the office productivity to zero because everyone went home. Just think what that costs!
- Keep the sun out during the summer. Provide internal window treatments like vertical or horizontal blinds, or better yet don’t let the sunlight get through the glass. Many companies make attractive exterior sun shades which can be attached to the building.