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Four Ways To Make Your Office Building More Energy-Efficient

by Amelia Martin

If you own your own office space, you probably don't want to pay more than is necessary for the energy bills. However, keeping energy bills down in such a large space is much harder than doing so at home, where you can just turn the thermostat down a few degrees or put your holiday lights on a timer. 

Still, saving energy in an office building is not impossible. You just have to take a systematic approach and start tackling big, energy-saving projects one at a time. Here are four such projects to embark on in the coming year.

1. Have the HVAC System Inspected and Maintained

How long has it been since your building's HVAC system was inspected and maintained? Generally, you should do this once a year, but many office building managers skip this maintenance in an effort to save cash. You only save in the short term when you skip maintenance. Long term, you'll spend more when you don't have your HVAC system maintained. It will use more energy, and it may wear out prematurely.

During this inspection session, your HVAC contractor will note any small problems with the heat and AC units and will make repairs to address them. A few simple repairs can save you a ton of energy over the next year. They can also change the air filter, clean the vents, and adjust the air intake valve, all of which keep your equipment running efficiently. Get in touch with a company that offers commercial air conditioning maintenance services.

2. Upgrade the Window Treatments

If your office building is like most, it has a lot of windows. These windows can be quite a source of energy loss. In the summer, heat from the sun travels right through them, forcing your air conditioner to work overtime. In winter, you will lose heat through the windows. You might have blinds or basic shades over the windows to block sunlight when necessary, but these window treatments don't do you many favors when it comes to efficiency.

Make it your mission to upgrade all of the window treatments in your office to thick, insulating curtains. These will block the flow of heat, both in winter and summer, and are a lot cheaper than replacement windows. Plus, you can take them all down and send them to a cleaner every few months; this is easier than trying to clean hundreds of Venetian blinds. 

3. Switch to LED Lighting

LED lighting is so much more efficient than incandescent and even fluorescent options. Many office building owners put off upgrading the lights because making the change can be expensive. However, you can make the costs more manageable by changing over a few lights at a time. Start with the lights you use most, and do a few more each month. You'll save more and more money on energy each month as you make the changes, so you can use each month's savings to pay for the lights you replace the next month.

4. Upgrade Your Computers, Printers, and Other Electronics

Upgrading computer equipment is expensive. Some of your workers might still be using outdated desktop computers because you have not had the money to invest in upgrades. But this old equipment pulls so much more power than modern devices. You can approach this upgrade similarly to your light upgrades. Replace a few electronics, watch your energy bills fall, and then reinvest your savings each month into new office equipment. Your workers will be thankful for the upgrades, which may ultimately increase their productivity and earn you more money.

Saving money on energy in the office often means making big changes, but if you approach those big changes a little at a time, they're completely feasible.