Being a “green” business has a number of perks. The amount of money saved from electricity and water bills alone can convince any business owner to get uPVC windows and insulation installed. Aside from monetary savings, there is also a certain satisfaction received from knowing that you are helping to preserve the planet’s resources.
Here are a few ways you can turn your business into an energy efficient one. Don’t worry; you won’t need to spend thousands just to convert your office into a “green” environment.
Simply changing your light bulbs can earn you energy efficiency points. If your office is still being illuminated by incandescent lamps, then its time to replace them with compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs. They are 4 times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and are easy to swap out. You can screw them into the light fixtures easily; just take note of the different wattage levels of CFLs. For example, an incandescent bulb that is operating at 25 watts should be replaced by a 5-watt CFL. You are also going to be able to make use of that CFL bulb 10 times longer than your old incandescent one. Get in touch with Corporate Electric Company LLC to learn more about how to make sure your lights are energy efficient.
HVAC systems are a must in any office, but they can run up utility bills quite fast. During cooler months, try gradually reducing the temperature 1 degree at a time. This will help remove some of the load off the heating systems and your employees will hardly notice the difference. The same tactic can be done during warmer months as well, increasing the temperature slowly to conserve the AC. Installing uPVC windows can help a lot to preserve the temperature within your office. This will make it easier for your HVAC to maintain a comfortable atmosphere without using up a lot of electricity. Sierra Windows offer custom-made windows to fit any office space or commercial area.
The strategy known as “setback” has been observed to save costs of 10-30%. This involves letting your space cool down during unoccupied hours during cold months and heating it up during hotter days. Then, you can set your HVAC to comfortable temperatures once business hours resume.
If you’re in the middle of renovating or building your office, choosing energy efficient roofing materials can go a long way in reducing costs. For existing roofs, adding insulation and radiant barriers or upgrading to a cool roof can make your place of business energy efficient. Radiant barriers can save energy during both the winter and summer months by redirecting radiant energy either toward to away from the facility. Consult a contactor to see whether upgrading to a cool roof is a viable option for your office. If it is, you’ll be surprised at how much it can save on costs once it is installed.
These three tips on how to reduce energy consumption do not require a complete overhaul of your office or a steep budget. Making small to medium changes can greatly affect how your office uses electricity. Not only will you be saving more money, you will also be contributing to a more sustainable environment.
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