By implementing the right energy conversation techniques, commercial building owners will be able to maintain their buildings, in a much more efficient and affordable way. If there is one single largest operational expense that most commercial building owners face, it is the energy costs. This makes energy conversation a crucial goal to achieve.
There are two things that commercial building owners need to focus on, when it comes to energy conversation: To enhance the energy efficiency of their buildings and to reduce the amount of energy that is wasted in their facilities. Energy conversation techniques can help them improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs by more than 30%.
Installing an Energy Management Control System
As a commercial building owner, if you want to make your building more efficient, you will have to install an energy management control system. Through such a system you will have to aim at integrating all the control systems in your facility. Once integrated, it can become easier for you to manage your lighting as well as HVAC systems efficiently, without wasting much of energy. In case you already have such a system in place, you may want to retrofit the system with a few more up-to-date components.
An energy scheduling feature can help you turn off the lighting and HVAC when the facility is not in use, especially during night times, holidays, and weekends. You can set this scheduling automatically based on your GPS position, making sure the lights in your outdoor access areas, such as signage and parking lots, follow the timings of sunrise and sunset. This way the lights will come on only when they are needed.
Try daylight harvesting
You can use photocells in certain areas of your building, near the windows and your exterior walls, to detect the levels of natural lighting and dim or shut off lighting automatically, while maintaining the specified minimum levels. Using motorized shades can help you take advantage of the natural light and maximize energy efficiency, without compromising on the temperature control.
Use occupancy controls
There are occupancy sensors such as RFID card scanners, elevator access controls, and motion sensors that help your energy management solution turn off lighting and HVAC as soon as a particular area becomes unoccupied. Installing these may seem helpful to save energy.
Whatever techniques you may adopt to conserve energy, you have to make sure they perform well, at all times. The New York City Energy Conservation Code can give you all the guidelines you may need to enhance the energy efficiency of your buildings.