It can be difficult to save on energy costs when you are catering to the needs of an entire facility. Commercial office buildings can have several different businesses, which suggests that you are attempting to better satisfy all of their lighting and energy preferences.
For a minimum of 10 hours a day, commercial offices need lights on. They are classified by the Energy Information Association as among the top five commercial buildings that consume energy.
We are exploring four techniques to cut back on energy usage, and also save some cash.
1. Lighting Upgrade
Because of its crisp clean light that provides a productive work environment, fluorescent lighting is dominant in commercial office buildings.
Fluorescent light bulbs are relatively energy efficient, although there are a couple of disadvantages. Over time, you will find that the colour depreciates, giving lights a pink or green colour. Employees can even complain in your building about the bright light from linear fluorescent tubes.
Upgrading all of your lighting to LED lighting is the most energy efficient option. An LED update will help you overcome other issues, such as colour quality and eye pressure.
The most energy efficient form of lighting is LED lighting, but we understand it is also the most costly. Here are few techniques you can use without upgrading the whole building to save energy:
- Focus on zones that are difficult to manage. Think of the stairwells, high ceilings in the lobby, and elevators. Changing light bulbs in such areas is very inconvenient. Switching to an LED means less time spent in a bucket truck or on a ladder.
- Focus on areas that are important to defence. HIDs can use a lot of energy in your parking lot or parking garage, so having them on for safety is vital. Plus, over time, their colour will change. In areas where safety is critical, upgrading to LEDs means more reliable lighting for a longer period of time.
- Look for areas with high-burn. Do you leave the lobby lights on, even though the last worker is going home? Energy hogs may be the incandescent and halogen light bulbs used in specialty lighting fixtures. Such places are where energy savings can easily build up.
- Let's aid with natural lighting. You won't need as many light fixtures or light bulbs if more rooms in a commercial office building have access to daylight. Daylighting is a simple way to save resources by helping.
2. Lighting controls
Have you ever driven through a big office building and wondered why, even at night, all the lights are on? We're just taking a guess here but it's possible that there are no lighting controls in the house.
Depending on the application and use, lighting controls are an extra incentive for your lighting retrofit, helping you save an additional 40 percent.
For commercial offices, lighting controls are particularly useful because there are typically places not used 100 percent of the time in your house. Think of conference rooms, people's offices that could be in and out all day, and restrooms.
In commercial office buildings, there are many types of controls that work well:
Sensors for occupancy. In a commercial office, these are possibly the most beneficial method of lighting control. When someone enters a room, occupancy sensors switch on automatically, then turn off a few minutes after no operation.
With timers. Will they all leave your office building for a certain amount of time? Or are there conference rooms in the afternoons that are not used? It'll prevent them from burning all night by setting a timer for your lights.
Dimmers. You might not automatically think of dimmers as an option for commercial offices, but LEDs and CFLs can be easily paired with dimmers to creative a more calming atmosphere in your lobby.
3. Upgrade HVAC system
Owing to a faulty HVAC machine, the last thing you want is to have your tenants call you first thing in the morning.
The first step in improving your overall system is routine maintenance. Of this there are two pieces. The first is to make sure you're up to date with your HVAC system. The second is to keep a close eye on consumption. If your bill went up dramatically last month, before it becomes a pattern, it might be worth finding the root of the problem.
If you decide you need to update your HVAC system, instead of the whole thing, you may want to start with specific parts of the system. Plus, you could save money with this option.
4. Building automation systems
Heard about IoT? Thanks to the Internet of Things, the possibilities are infinite for building automation systems these days.
There are many smart ways to monitor your energy costs, from wireless lighting controls to sensors that attach to your thermostats and badges that account for building occupancy.
For commercial office buildings, we think these are particularly helpful because occupancy may be random for areas of the building, such as conference rooms and offices.
Benefits of saving electricity for offices
Taking all of the above measures will help you save on energy costs. But the advantages can go beyond what you see on your bill of electricity. Here are 3 other advantages:
- Increased value in construction. You may not be planning to put your building up for sale any time soon, but knowing that your energy saving efforts will also increase your building value will probably feel good.
- Increased building attractiveness. Are you trying to attract your office building with new tenants or businesses? Make sure that you list your strategies for energy saving. This is also a perfect way to attract the existing tenants and to please them.
- Reduced operating and maintenance costs. It will reduce your total operating and maintenance costs by producing a more energy-efficient home, ensuring you have more cash to invest in ways that matter to you.
If you want to take more cost-saving measures and concentrate on a major renovation or new building, you will want to obtain LEED certification.