Businesses can begin conserving a tremendous amount of energy by monitoring only five key areas in their facilities: outlets, blocked vents, blinds, equipment, and thermostats. Emilygrene Corp. advises each of its customers to spread the word about these measures and get employees on-board with posters and routine internal communications. Monitoring energy becomes even easier when businesses assign a designated employee responsible for overseeing specific areas they occupy – from offices and workspaces to shared conference and break rooms.
A primary energy drain for businesses is outlets, where significant energy is lost to lighting and gadgets left on or plugged-in when not in use – particularly in the evening and on weekends. It is incredibly beneficial to charge employees with checking outlets before they leave for the day. A checklist of nonessential appliances and equipment both indoor and outdoor that should be powered down make unplugging a simple task. This includes lights, audio/video equipment, phone chargers, printers, computers, displays, and signage.
Blocked vents are another significant energy drain. According to Energy Star, blocked vents require as much as 25 percent more energy to heat or cool a space to a comparable comfort level as would an unblocked vent. Educating your staff on this easy cost-saver and enforcing routine office and conference room inspections can drastically cut energy use, especially when office furniture tends to get rearranged.
Where else should your business focus? The same staff assigned to checking outlets and vents should also monitor blinds and window coverings, keeping them shut after hours and when rooms are empty. Emilygrene Corp. recommends thermostat settings remain at an energy efficient 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Your business can save another 5 to 15 percent by dialing back another 10 to 15 degrees after hours.
Energy conservation is not always large retrofits. Simple changes leave a big impact on your energy use.