Energy Savings in Commercial Establishments

April 22, 2015


The overall energy use has come down thanks to the use of more energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems.

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In last 25 years the energy intensity of buildings has decreased by over 40 percent. During the five year period from 2007 to 2012, the energy demand in commercial buildings has come down by about 6.4 percent, according to a study published in Bloomberg New Energy Finance. According to HVAC experts, the decrease in energy consumption in commercial buildings can largely be attributed to the new, more energy efficient construction, and use of new technology in old buildings including up gradation of HVAC systems.

A surprising fact about today’s energy consumption scenario in commercial establishments is that even though the number of electronic devices being employed has gone up substantially, the overall energy use has come down thanks to the use of more energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems. However, this does not mean that there is no scope of any further improvement. Building owners and facility managers can still take some measures to improve the energy efficiency, and further bring down the utility bills. According to Energy Star, the largest operating expense in any commercial establishment is that of energy use. Apart from the economic impact of energy use, the environmental impact is also huge. Commercial buildings are believed to contribute 20 percent of the country’s total greenhouse emissions. It may be a major contributing factor to the problem of global warming.

An obvious way to reduce the energy consumption in a building is by the use of more energy efficient HVAC system and components. Retrofitting the systems to improve the energy efficiency is a great choice, and so is shifting to an entirely different system such as a geothermal system. However, this would involve a huge expenditure which not every building owner might be able to afford.

Energy Saving Methods

So, the best way to make your building more energy efficient is to get a professional company to conduct an energy audit to reveal the problem areas, and then take corrective measures to prevent energy loss, and bring down overall energy consumption. HVAC experts recommend some simple, cost-free methods of energy saving in commercial buildings.

  • Designate a professional HVAC company to measure and track the energy efficiency of your systems
  • Keep your HVAC system clean and well maintained so that it works at its peak capacity without consuming too much energy
  • Switch off the lights when they are not required, especially during the night
  • Properly maintain all equipment and electronic devices to ensure that they work properly
  • When the building is not in use, such as during the night, set the thermostat lower by a few degrees during winters, and higher during the summers
  • Train the staff and occupants on measures to save energy

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