Energy Efficiency Tips for Businesses

General Facility

  • Use natural light whenever feasible in occupied buildings, have windows opened to welcome natural heating on sunny days. 
  • Verify that security systems are turned on and working properly. 
  • In vacant buildings, keep the windows and blinds closed to avoid drastic temperature fluctuation.
  • Shut down compressed air systems if the equipment does not require conditioned air. 
  • Eliminate HVAC system use in underutilized spaces or where unmanned processes take place.

 

Refrigeration and other appliances:

  • Turn your refrigerator off and leave the door open after using up perishable foods.
  • Unplug devices and power strips when you leave. Many electronic appliances and devices continue to consume energy even when they are shut down. 
  • Adjust to the brightness level on your tv or monitors. By lowering the brightness setting, you will greatly reduce power consumption while maintaining proper picture quality. 
  • Turn off exterior signage, lighting and parking lot lights if not needed. Make sure you are in code compliance for any safety and security lighting. 
  • Turn off lights in vacant refrigeration cases.

 

HVAC and Lighting:

  • Turn off or dim partial lighting in spaces that are not being utilized.
  • Close fume covers to reduce the loss of warm/cool air. 
  • Shut down domestic hot water heaters or substantially lower the heating set point. 
  • Apply settings to HVAC economizers to close when air systems are off. 
  • Avoid using HVAC systems to heat or cool unused facilities that do not serve critical equipment. 
  • Keep the HVAC systems set to run with unoccupied temperature setbacks. 
  • Manually turn off emergency lighting in underutilized spaces.