Energy Savings in the Workplace
You hear about Green Energy and Energy Savings efforts every day. From alternative sources of energy, such as solar panels and wind energy, to energy efficiency measures such as high efficiency air conditions, double paned glass, etc…
All of these alternatives and measures are steps in the right direction and an important part of any comprehensive energy management plan. But, how about simply doing a better job of managing our current electricity usage? How about incorporating better controls and management practices to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and place less strain on our electrical grids?
Currently the largest energy users in a commercial building are HVAC and lighting.
Here are some interesting stats:
- According to the US Department of Energy, Lighting accounts for around 30-40% and HVAC accounts for approximately 40% of the energy used in buildings. Of this total, roughly 30-50% of this energy is wasted as a result of excessive lighting, inefficient equipment and careless usage habits.
- Small commercial buildings (floor area less than 50,000 square feet) represent about half the total floor space and about 40 percent of total electricity consumption in the commercial sector (CEUS 2003). While HVAC and lighting account for 55 percent of the total energy consumption in these buildings, the systems are controlled mainly by traditional devices – manual or programmable thermostats for HVAC , and manual switches for lighting – leading to inefficiency and wasted energy.
- According to the USGBC and Energy Star, the most efficient buildings can perform 50-70% above the baseline for conventional buildings. According to Energy Systems Laboratory, improving operational strategies could reduce energy use in buildings by 10-40%. However, less than 1% of the buildings in the United States are classified as high-performance buildings.
- According to RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute), 20 to 40 percent of air conditioning costs can actually be attributed to excess lighting. This is an important consideration given the average building has energy costs of about $2.00 per square foot. An effective facility management strategy, including the utilization of advanced lighting controls, has the potential to save $0.60 to $1.00 per square foot in energy.
This is where the EnergyLynk solutions come into play. With our Wi-Fi enabled energy management clients and software we provide this improved control and management that allows you to immediately save energy. Whether you are retrofitting your existing facility or building a new one, our solutions provide a quick and easy way to make a positive impact on the environment and your bottom line.