Save with Inexpensive, Green Strategies (1/6)
Businesses can realize significant cost savings by making some inexpensive adjustments to their facility's efficiency. Sustainable strategies that target HVAC, lighting, building envelope, and water usage can shave dollars off operating costs and green your business. Read on for recommendations in each of these four categories.
1. HVAC (2/6)
Simply raising the facility thermostat during warm periods and lowering it in cooler months can whittle away at heating and cooling costs. Investing in automatic start and shut-off controls can ultimately result in savings. Make sure that no area of the facility is excessively heated or cooled. And ask employees to leave personal fans or heaters at home.
2. Lighting (3/6)
Depending on the type of facility, lighting can account for up to half of total energy use. Ensure the space is properly lit with a light meter and install dimmers if necessary. Seek out energy efficient bulbs. And consider installing sensors that will only turn lights on when a space is occupied.
Next: Building Envelope
3. Building Envelope (4/6)
The savings a facility realizes by getting HVAC in tip-top order can go out the window - literally - if building envelope is ignored. Especially in facilities with truck bays, ensure that doors are open only when necessary. Invest in insulation to close gaps around windows and doors. And check for broken doors, windows, slats, tracks, and seals.
4. Water (5/6)
Continuously monitor faucets, sinks, hot water systems, hydrants, and irrigation systems for leaks. And don't overlook water fountains: problems there can indicate a larger issue with water and plumbing systems.