Every year, much of the energy Florida consumes is wasted through inefficient equipment, transmission, heat loss, and inefficient technology — costing Florida families and businesses money, and leading to increased carbon pollution.
Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to combat climate change, clean the air we breathe, improve the competitiveness of our businesses, and reduce energy costs for consumers.
The components of a building envelope directly affect overall cooling and heating performance and you can significantly reduce energy consumption by implementing measures that target these areas.
In Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 45 percent of a building’s energy consumption goes toward fulfilling HVAC requirements. Unfortunately, a significant portion of this energy is wasted due to heat gain from air infiltration and inadequate insulation. By sealing air leaks and improving your building’s insulation levels, you can minimize the amount of energy used to condition your building.
There are a number of opportunities for air to leak into and out of a building, including door and window frames, recessed lights, electrical outlets and switches, sill plates, plumbing and utility access, dropped ceilings, water and furnace flues, and ductwork. Sealing these areas effectively can result in significant energy savings.
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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:
You understand that energy management is a top priority in the success and sustainability of your business. Therefore it’s important to seek out new ways to reduce energy in your daily usage, whether it’s by optimizing current energy use or embedding energy awareness in your company’s culture. Use the links below to learn about energy and energy conservation for your business, because energy savings matter.
Installing solar window film on pre-existing businesses can help reflect the heat during hot summer days. Your cooling unit will become more efficient. Shading Coefficient (SC) of film or screen must be 0.5 or less.
New exit signs must meet UL-924 requirements, all applicable fire codes, use 5 watts or less and have a minimum product life of 10 years and must be listed as an Energy Star® certified product. Only new LED exit signs that replace incandescent or fluorescent exit signs qualify. Licensed electrical contractor required for install; business locations only.
Note: “Replace” means Natural Gas is already used for that appliance and you are replacing it with a Natural Gas appliance. “Switch To” means you have an Electric appliance, or no appliance, and you change out to a Natural Gas appliance. Proof of installation and/or permits or required.
To help you develop a plan for conserving water in your business, here is a checklist, found at Grainger.com to get you started:
Landscape irrigation practices in the US consume large quantities of potable water. Outdoor uses, primarily landscaping, account for 30% of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the US.
WaterSense® is a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the EPA. WaterSense® is the symbol for water-efficient products, services and practices. By setting performance and water use specifications, WaterSense® helps consumers and businesses identify products that meet EPA criteria for efficiency and performance. WaterSense®-labeled products are approximately 20% more water-efficient than conventional models in the same category. Generally, WaterSense®-labeled products perform their intended function as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts. For more information, go to www.epa.gov/watersense