Easy Energy Efficiency Improvements
|The following is an excerpt taken from the article, “Easy Energy Efficiency Improvements.” For more information please visit www.sba.gov.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Replace or retrofit non-energy efficient light fixtures.
- Install “occupant sensors” to automatically turn lights off and on.
- Take advantage of “day lighting”.
- Lower light levels where appropriate such as around computer monitors.
- Install LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs.
- Install timers or photocells on outside lights.
- Use hot water wisely.
- Insulate hot water holding tanks and hot and cold water pipes.
- Set your water heater at the lowest required temperature.
- Use less. Install faucet aerators and efficient showerheads.
- Find and fix leaks.
- Perform routine maintenance, such as vacuuming, to remove dust.
- Turn off the lights in walk-in refrigerators.
- Add strip curtains to refrigerated spaces without doors.
- Defrost regularly.
- Retrofit or replace old refrigerators and freezers.
- Turn off office equipment when not in use.
- Maintain your equipment to ensure efficient performance.
- Use energy efficient computers and office equipment.
- Make sure your motors and motor systems are running at optimum efficiency.
- Buy Energy Star Qualified Products: Locate a Store; Find Special Offers.
Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Systems
- Make sure your HVAC system is operating efficiently.
- Inspect and clean or replace air filters on a regular basis.
- Repair leaks in system components such as pipes, steam traps or couplings.
- Adjust the thermostat during unoccupied times or install a programmable thermostat.
- Reduce air conditioning hours.
- Make sure radiators, air intake vents, etc., are not obstructed so that air can flow freely.
- Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on winter heating costs.
- Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on summer cooling costs.
- Block direct sunlight shining through windows in the summer.
- Let the sun in during the day in the winter, but cover the windows at night.
- Keep external doors closed.
- Use fans to help delay or reduce the need for air-conditioning in the summer.
- Use fans to pull warm air down from the ceiling in the winter.
- Improve the insulation in the climate-controlled portions of your facility.
- Plug leaks around windows, doors, outlets, etc., with weather-stripping or caulk.