With the current energy crisis in full swing, many firms are wondering what they can do to reduce their energy costs. In this post, we offer some answers. Here are some of the things that you might want to try.
Optimize Your HVAC
HVAC systems are big energy consumers, particularly for commercial operations. Maintaining a steady internal temperature for customers and colleagues is demanding.
The good news is that there are usually ways to reduce your costs. Start by getting your system checked for air leaks. The more holes you plug, the less your bills will be overall.
Next program your thermostats. Make sure that your HVAC does not switch on when there is no one in the building.
After that, clean the coils and change the filters. Make sure that there is nothing in the system that could potentially disrupt the airflow.
Avoid Wasting Water
Water waste is another major commercial concern and something that affects numerous commercial enterprises. It becomes a major problem because, in most businesses, it’s not clear who has responsibility. Leaking toilets, sinks and faucets are all issues, with some companies wasting upwards of 6,000 gallons of water per month.
Install Low-Flow Aerators
You can also try to save more water by installing low-flow aerators. These clever systems increase water flow volume by pumping it with air but reduce the actual amount of water that enters the sink. Faucets like these can reduce energy costs by saving a whopping 2.2 gallons per month compared to conventional alternatives.
Use Energy Store
Which energy storage system you use is entirely up to you. In today’s market, there are all sorts of different options available. For example, you can use the gravitational potential energy of water to store electricity, batteries, and even compressed air. Energy storage allows you to accumulate energy from renewable sources and then tuck it away for when you need it.
Maintain Your Refrigerators
Just like HVAC systems, refrigerators are real energy hogs, particularly if you don’t maintain them to a high standard. Start by checking the coils and fins and the back to ensure that they are free from grime and dust. Use a feather duster to remove any unwanted particles. If necessary, lightly brush down with a small amount of soapy water.
Also, check the fridge for leaks around the seal. If there are gaps, the compressor will need to make it harder to keep the unit cool.
Talk To Your Employees About Their Energy Usage
You can also have a frank conversation with employees about the value of energy-saving activities. Tell them your business’s situation and why you need to act now to prevent bills from getting out of control. Check that everyone is aware of the methods that they can use to save energy around the office. Write up a checklist of all of your demands if you need to.
Check What’s On
Lastly, audit the appliances that are always on in your workplace. Double-check that it is completely necessary to power them around the clock.