For many businesses, saving money can come in many different forms. One aspect that the business owner can focus on to help save money is better energy management. Saving energy can help reduce the owner on their power bill each month. Hal Mechanical will share a few energy management tips for both big and small businesses.
How to Reduce HVAC Energy Consumption
One of the biggest energy consumers is the heating and cooling system. Keeping the indoor temperature comfortable requires a lot of energy for both small and large business buildings. Because of this, the heating and cooling system requires a lot of attention. To help reduce any additional cost to your heating and cooling bill it is essential to properly maintain the HVAC system. When the HVAC system is neglected it can greatly reduce the equipment’s performance, adds stress, longer cycles and so much more. Both the air conditioning and heating system require the need to be tuned-up once a year to ensure efficient performance. Along with proper maintenance of the HVAC system, the business owner must change out the air filters. A dirty air filter will increase your cooling and heating bill and even decrease the life of the HVAC system. Additionally, when maintaining the HVAC system, the ductwork is inspected for leaks. Leaks in the air duct system can greatly increase your heating and cooling bill. All aspects of care must be met to ensure the health and efficiency of your HVAC system.
Programmable Thermostat Installation
Along with proper maintenance, make sure to establish good temperature control. One of the best ways to control the temperature is with a programmable thermostat. You can set the indoor temperature to so they are more comfortable during working hours and reduce the temperature control needs during off hours. Another recommendation is to put a security box on the thermostat to prevent any manual adjustment which can send your bill through the roof.
Seal Air Leaks in Home
After putting your focus on the HVAC system, your next step in managing your energy is making sure windows and doors do not leak. Windows and doors that leak out your conditioned air is another major contributor to a high power bill. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed and insulated. During the winter, open all of the window blinds or curtains to always allow the natural light into the building. Natural light will reduce the need to have lights on and even naturally warm up the inside of the building. Next, switch out light bulbs with LED bulbs to help reduce power consumption. Use natural light during the day and only use lights during night time hours whenever possible.
For businesses with water or hot water use, make sure all of the water pipes are insulated. Especially during the winter, pipes can get cold and cause a ton of energy waste. By insulating the hot water pipes, you can help maintain the heat and reduce the energy waste.