Energy Tips and Tools

Use Less. Save More.

The less energy you use, the more money you'll save. Find tips and interactive tools to help manage your business's energy usage.

Most facility managers know a variety of ways to improve their buildings' energy efficiency. We all know about upgrading lighting systems and checking doors and windows for drafts. Here are some other ideas worth considering:

  • Solar Heat Gain Reduction: Reflective solar film, shades, or awnings on south- and west-facing windows lowers cooling costs and reduces ultraviolet radiation.
  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFD): If your facility's empty on nights and weekends, installing VFD will reduce airflow - and the power needed to drive the air - by up to 80%.
  • Skylights: Replace artificial light with free daylight. Equip skylights with photo sensors and lighting costs to cut energy costs.
  • Landscaping: The EPA says that well-designed landscapes can reduce cooling costs up to 50% and heating bills up to 40%.
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV): ERV systems can capture and transfer up to 80% of exhaust heat to the incoming fresh air supply.
  • Air Curtains: These curtains keep outside temperatures where they belong - outside. They're popular for use in warehouses, walk-in coolers, and delivery doors.
  • LED Exit Signs: While LED bulbs have a higher initial cost, they last much longer and cost less to use and maintain.
  • Computer Peripherals: The Department of Energy says that the average printer costs about $40 annually to operate. Sharing printers saves energy, reduces equipment costs, and shrinks paper use.
  • Laundry Equipment Controls: If your facility includes laundry operations, installing electrically-actuated steam valves and mechanical timers on steam tables reduces energy use and AC load.