Business Contractor Assisted Projects To Help Save Energy
Energy-efficient additions seem expensive, but calculate your payback period and watch the return on your investment in your energy savings.
• In many buildings, storm or thermal doors are largely seen as unimportant or too small for consideration. However, the infiltration loss of doors is actually a substantial portion of the total energy and dollar losses in the building. Maintain doors and have them serviced regularly.
• Oftentimes in business facilities, the largest exposed area is the roof. Therefore, it is very important that this area be insulated to the recommended levels. A ceiling or roof with too little insulation could be wasting your energy dollars, both winter and summer.
• Perform routine maintenance of rooftop HVAC units.
• Roof vents and attic ventilators help by allowing hot air to escape and cooler outside air to enter. With proper air flow your attic shouldn't be any warmer than the outside air. Have these checked often by an HVAC contractor.
• If you are re-roofing, use light colored shingles. The lighter colors reflect more sunlight and reduce heat gain of your building.
HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning)
• Have your heating & cooling system professionally serviced. Tune-ups can help you save on operating costs and extend the life of the system..
• Install an air conditioner economizer (applicable to packaged rooftop units) to reduce the need for electrical cooling.
• Today's energy-efficient heat pump is a real energy saver and makes good sense for businesses.
• Look at installing an Energy Management System to control HVAC and lighting.
• Consider replacing some or all electric cooking equipment with comparably sized gas-fired equipment.
• Where applicable, replace broilers with grooved or smooth griddles to significantly reduce the associated energy consumption.
• Solid-state cooking controls allow the operator to program the equipment with complete instructions, including pre-heat temperatures, cooking times and temperatures, and holding temperatures once the food is cooked. All the information is easily entered via a keypad-type control panel.
• Replace any equipment that has reached the end of its service life with high efficiency equipment.
• Chillers are used extensively for large facility space cooling and in industrial process liquid cooling. In many business and industrial facilities space cooling and process refrigeration represent one of the largest energy expenditures. Improving chiller efficiency can significantly reduce your energy usage without affecting comfort or production.
• Install a refrigerant heat recovery system and use waste heat from walk-in refrigerators and freezers to preheat the facility hot water.
• If you have an older gas water heater, replace it with a high-efficiency water heater. It can save a significant amount of money for years to come.
• Retrofit with the most efficient lighting sources available today: High Intensity Discharge (HID), and Low-Pressure Sodium (LPS) lamps.
• Low voltage lighting is ideal for retail and specialty stores, museums, galleries or whenever pinpoint lighting accuracy and excellent color and sparkle are needed to make your merchandise and business look their very best.
• Installing lighting controls is one of the most efficient means of decreasing facility operating expenses. When lights are left on unnecessarily or areas are lighted excessively, energy costs increase.
• Rewire restroom fans to operate with the lights.
• Painting walls with light colors help to keep interiors cooler. A white wall can reflect 80% of the light that hits it.
• Install energy efficient windows. They not only help to lower your energy bills for years to come, but they help reduce fading of carpets, drapes and furniture.
• Re-roof with highly reflective materials so the building doesn't absorb as much of the sun's heat.