Energy Saving [Checklist]

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.

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Commercial Building Energy Usage [Infographic]

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.

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The Changing Face of UK Energy [Infographic]

The key message to take from this infographic could well be the rise of renewable energy in the UK energy market, as the push by successive governments for green energy has led to a vast increase in the number of renewable energy sources being utilised.

Another key issue is how this energy is being used, so for this we have looked at which sectors use the most energy. Perhaps unsurprisingly it is the transport sector that uses the most energy (38%), followed by domestic usage at 27%.

This, of course, takes quite a macro look at the UK energy market. To make it more obviously relevant to the individual, the piece finally covers where the money you pay annually for energy is actually going and compares home energy usage in the UK with the US. Unsurprisingly heating accounts for about twice as much domestic energy usage in the UK.

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