Energy Saving Tips
FPUA recommends the following tips to quickly and most effectively help you conserve energy, trim costs and gain control over the energy usage in your business:
- Occupancy sensors help control lighting in spaces that are often left unoccupied such as conference rooms or restrooms. Installing occupancy sensors could reduce your total lighting costs by 15%.
- Replacement of traditional incandescent light bulb for a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) or Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and save $30 or more in electricity with each replacement over its lifetime. CFLs and LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
- Replace incandescent bulbs in exit signs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and save about 80 percent on signage operating cost. If LEDs are not compatible with your current sign, a new sign is inexpensive and could pay for itself within a year. Rebates are available from FPUA.
- Consider using "smart" power strips to reduce the power consumed by task lighting, computer accessories, fans, space heaters, and other miscellaneous plug loads in cubicles and offices. Many electronic products continue to draw power from the wall even when they are powered off. Since it's not always practical to unplug these items whenever you leave your desk, "smart" power strips can effectively do so for you. Save up to 30 percent by using smart power strips to regulate energy use on equipment such as computers, copiers and printers.
- Consider enabling the sleep mode on office computers to achieve savings up to $20 per year for each computer.
- Use up to 30 percent less energy when you switch to a fluorescent lighting system that operates with energy-efficient electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ones.
- Cut lighting energy use by as much as 70 percent using timers or setting up a scheduling system to control lights on a predictable schedule.
- When it’s time to replace printers, refrigerators and other office equipment, choose products that have the ENERGY STAR® label.
- Programmable thermostats can be helpful for business customers by reducing air conditioning during unoccupied hours.
- A single-paned window has an R-value (measure of the ability to prevent heat flow) of 1, making it little more than a hole in the wall. Fortunately, in recent years, double-paned windows, along with other energy efficient features, have become more standard. Older facilities can likely benefit from improvements to windows.
- Window film and solar screens can help increase energy efficiency, saving up to 15 percent on cooling costs by reducing the amount of heat coming in from the sun. It can also help protect interior furnishings and equipment from harmful ultraviolet rays. Window Film rebates are available while funds exist.
- High-efficiency AC heat pumps can save 40 percent on cooling and heating costs depending on the size and efficiency of the unit, and incentives are available to help offset the installation cost.
- Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) helps maintain an appropriate temperature based on the occupancy of the room and can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. DCV can be installed on existing HVAC systems.
- Adding insulation will help you save up to 15 percent on HVAC costs, and incentives are available for upgrades. If the insulation in your building is less than R-12, you may be eligible for this rebate program while funds exist.