The management of energy and improving energy efficiency has long been necessary for industry and commerce, not only to save on cost but also to reduce carbon footprint and promote social responsibility. So, if energy efficiency is a win-win for companies, what is preventing them from making their properties more energy-efficient?
No business wants to be in the habit of wasting money, which means most businesses look for every opportunity to become more efficient. Whether that means improving processes or streamlining the workforce. Yet when businesses look internally for opportunities to become more efficient, they might lose sight of some big opportunities all around them.
Commercial buildings account for nearly one-fifth of all the energy consumed in the United States, and a significant portion of that energy goes to waste. Through carelessness and a lack of proper planning, many businesses waste energy in the workplace. This not only adds up against the bottom line, but also creates consequences for the environment and our natural resources. However, operating a more energy-efficient commercial building doesn’t have to involve tearing out the infrastructure to replace it with solar panels or windmills. Often, a few tweaks can make a world of difference. Even something as relatively minor as turning off lights when no one’s in the room can reduce a building’s energy use substantially.
The following checklist provides some simple ideas businesses and commercial property owners can follow to ensure that their buildings are more energy efficient. See if there are any ideas you can use in your workplace, and watch the savings accumulate.
Savings could reach that enormous level if energy efficiency for commercial and industrial buildings improved by just 10%, according to Energy Star program estimates. The pie chart in this infographic shows what energy is being used for in commercial buildings. This guide also offers simple tips to improve the energy efficiency of a commercial building.