For commercial buildings, energy saving seems like an impossible task. The bills are usually higher for commercial buildings compared to residential ones. So, cutting back and trimming bills proves to be a challenge to many landlords.
However, saving energy is more than just saving money on bills. It is also a step in curbing the use fossil fuel and reducing greenhouse emissions. Going to the energy-saving route is an investment that landlords need to make in order to see long-term gains and increased building equity.
Follow these tips for energy efficiency:
· Schedule cleaning teams to turn off lights. Tenants don’t normally turn off their lights after closing. This is a common concern in many commercial buildings. This might seem just a light issue, but if you have quite a number of offices in your building, this adds up. Schedule your cleaning teams to turn off the lights after everyone in the building has left usually in the evening.
· Use energy-efficient lights. Upgrade your lights to more energy-efficient ones, such as LED. These lights not only help you save energy but can evenly light up a room compared to a fluorescent light. Your tenants will notice a big difference as this eliminates shadows and provides a more professional environment.
· Tune up your HVAC system. An annual maintenance on your heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system can make a big difference on its performance. Regular pre-season tune-ups before the heating and cooling seasons can also boost its efficiency. Regularly change the filters every month prevents equipment overwork, too. By ensuring your HVAC is in top working condition, you save energy and money in the long run.
· Control and manage energy. Invest in tools that can help you manage and control the energy in your building. An energy control system can alert malfunctions and switching energy off or on. There are better systems that allow electric load leveling and data reporting.