1. Upgrade or tune your HVAC system
As spring approaches and warm temperatures rise, consider HVAC maintenance or updates. The Alliance to Save Energy reports that to produce the same amount of cooling, new air conditioners use up to 40% less energy than units made a decade ago. Be sure to regularly change or clean HVAC filters during peak temperate (hot or cold) seasons to optimize HVAC performance and lower energy costs.
2. Upgrade your lighting
The U.S. Energy Department estimates that lighting costs commercial buildings $38 billion annually. Think of all the lighting you pay for including signage, desk lamps, overhead lights, and outdoor lights. Upgrading to LED lighting in particular will improve your energy bill, as well as your environmental footprint (did you know fluorescent bulbs contain mercury?).
Energy Star estimates that upgraded bulbs can result in 75% less operational costs and last ten times longer than traditional bulbs.
The Environmental Protection Agency found that “water used in office buildings accounts for approximately 9 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States,” and the top three contributing areas come from restrooms, heating and cooling, and landscaping. Fixing leaks in bathroom faucets and toilets will help lower your water bill significantly.
4. Upgrade your appliances
There is more wasting away in the office fridge than forgotten lunches. Energy Star estimates that 60 of the 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers currently in use are older than 10 years and that these outdated appliances waste $4.7 billion annually in energy costs. Find out how much you can save on energy over the lifetime of the appliance from updating your refrigerator or freezer using the Energy Star Savings Calculator (could be as much as $300!).
5. Use a power strip for your electronics
The U.S. Energy Department estimates that you can save $100 annually by utilizing a power strip and turning it off when not in use. Electronics that are receiving unnecessary charges are incurring unnecessary costs. Here’s an article to help you choose the right power strip.
Check out organizations like The Alliance to Save Energy to learn more ways to save!