Tactics for Saving on Commercial Energy Costs, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we dug into some tips for limiting commercial energy costs. Many building and company owners are constantly on the hunt for such savings areas, which in many cases can have a big impact on margins and a company’s bottom line.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to provide numerous commercial electrical services, including a number of certified electrician services that have helped numerous commercial building owners save major sums without sacrificing energy quality. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few additional tactics to keep your energy bill low, both in terms of DIY projects and those where you should call our electricians for assistance.

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Energy Star Equipment

Anytime you’re considering the purchase of new office equipment that requires a power source or energy usage, take care to look closely for the Energy Star logo. This logo, which will be found on virtually any kind of electrically-powered item, signals approval by this industry-leading resource.

Items that have this certification can be expected to be far more energy efficient than those that don’t. In addition, many will be outfitted with automatic power-down or sleep features that remove this task from individuals in the building, helping save loads of energy during nights or weekends where the space isn’t in active use. Even HVAC components like AC units should be sourced for the Energy Star label as you browse.

Alternative Energy Sources

In many cases, business owners looking to be more environmentally conscious – or those looking for related tax breaks and energy savings benefits – will turn to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. These have become far more popular in recent years, powering many components in a commercial building with clean, low-cost energy. There are even commercial solar energy storage systems you can install in your building to collect and store solar energy over a period of time.

Entryway Sealing and HVAC Quality

Finally, while they don’t necessarily speak directly to electrical components, one major way of saving energy within a commercial setting is ensuring the HVAC system is operating efficiently. One major area here is sealing any gaps or cracks in entryways that are allowing air to escape, forcing your HVAC system to work harder and raise your costs.

Another important factor here is ensuring your HVAC systems are properly maintained. Confirm that multiple yearly inspections are done on such components, plus make sure units are cleaned and kept clear of furniture, electrical items or other major components.

For more on saving money on commercial energy costs, or to learn about any of our commercial electricians and how we’ll serve you, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Tactics for Saving on Commercial Energy Costs, Part 1

A commercial electrician serves many roles for their clients, and one primary area that’s vital to a number of businesses is energy savings. Particularly for workplaces or facilities that involve significant electronics and the need for power and proper circuitry, ensuring these elements while maintaining a manageable energy bill each month is the goal for all business owners.

At Orange Electric, we’re here to help. Our commercial electrical contractors handle numerous areas for our clients, including several that trace back to keeping your energy bill low while maintaining all the proper electrical needs present in your building. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of ways commercial business owners and managers can look to limit their energy costs, both in terms of DIY areas and those where you should call our electricians for assistance.

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Natural Light

One major tip not enough commercial buildings internalize: Utilizing natural light wherever possible to reduce the need for powered lighting. Most businesses operate primarily during the day when the sun is out – use this reality to your advantage by opening window shades or coverings throughout the space, particularly during the winter periods of the year when a little additional light might also assist with heating tasks.

Non-Use Items

While it may seem like a basic area, you might be shocked at how many companies do not have a policy for turning off major electronics when leaving the office for the day or night. From computers to monitors, printers, fax machines and several others, sleep mode or outright powering down should be carried out when they won’t be used again for a period of hours or days.

In addition, electrically-powered amenities like microwaves, toasters, radios and others in the office should receive the same kind of attention. Many office managers use power strips for many of these items, allowing them to be turned off with a single push of a button.

Energy Audit

One area we’ve gone over in detail in this space previously is the commercial energy audit, which involves a professional inspection from our team that will help you identify your major sources of electrical expenses and make the appropriate tweaks to become more efficient. Speak to our electricians about scheduling an audit in the near future.

Component Themes

There are a few suggestions we can offer when it comes to components in a commercial building that will assist with energy efficiency, including:

  • Automatic lights: Between motion detectors, automatic dimmers and related technology, there are several light formats designed to turn off and on based on human presence in a given room or area. These installations within the commercial space often lead to drastic savings.
  • Programmable thermostat: A type that allows you to pre-set HVAC temperature and related needs, including limiting energy use during periods of non-use.
  • CFL or LED bulbs: Both these options refer to light bulb types that bring enormous energy savings compared to standard bulbs. In larger office spaces, such bulbs may save you thousands and thousands of dollars over the course of a given year.

For more on limiting your commercial energy costs, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.