Business Downtime: Steps to Saving Energy and Money
Is your business shutting down, implementing a work from home policy or reducing operating hours? It's a difficult time, but you can make the most of it by finding ways to save energy and money and improve your facility. Here are some actions you can take.
Don't waste energy keeping your empty building comfortable. Raise or lower thermostat settings (depending on outdoor conditions) to minimize HVAC energy use. Consider installing smart programmable thermostats, which come with advanced features, such as remote control.
Get in the zone
In cases of partial vacancy or limited operations, zone the building so that only occupied spaces are conditioned to comfortable levels. Adjust temperatures in unoccupied areas to save energy, but keep them at reasonable levels to reduce the impact on occupied zones.
Turn off all lights in unoccupied spaces, except necessary security lighting. Install timers on security lights, and light sensors on outdoor lighting, so they operate only when needed. Turn off selected parking lot lighting while maintaining security.
Pull the plug
Unplug all unnecessary or unused appliances and electronic equipment; many of these devices continue to draw power even when they are turned off. Advanced power strips are a smart, low-cost upgrade. They automatically switch off power to plugged in devices based on usage, a set schedules or other parameters.
Focus on maintenance
Take the opportunity to perform some routine maintenance that will save energy and improve equipment performance. Fix water leaks. Inspect, clean and repair motors, compressed air units and any other facility or operating systems and equipment to ensure efficient operation.
Clean and sanitize
Soiled carpets and dirt buildup in corners and under furniture and equipment can reduce indoor air quality, which can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions. Cleaning and sanitizing your facility can help improve comfort and ensure health for employees, visitors and customers. Also, brighten your indoor environment by cleaning windows and removing dust buildup on lamps and light fixtures.
By following these measures, you'll save money now and be ready to operate at peak efficiency once you're fully back in business.