Energy costs continue to rise each year, particularly in large and commercial buildings that require a lot of energy to heat, cool, and function. These rising costs can negatively impact a business, resulting in lower wages, fewer working hours, or inefficient use of space.
For this reason, many commercial building owners are beginning to look for ways to reduce energy costs year-round. While each building is different, and new buildings will have different needs than those that require retrofitting, taking steps to reduce energy consumption within a building can make it more comfortable as well as less costly to run.
These four ways of reducing energy costs in commercial buildings will help you make the most of your situation.
1. Analyze Current Energy Usage
According to Energy Star, most commercial buildings waste up to 30% of the energy they use each year. This is a significant amount of energy that businesses are paying for and never using. By having an energy audit done of your building, you can determine the areas you are most likely losing this energy from, which in turn will give you the information you need to make the right decisions.
For example, before you add insulation or swap out appliances, make sure that these are the biggest energy drains; you may find that it’s actually lighting or poor air seal that’s causing the drain, which will affect how you move forward.
2. Swap Out Lights