As a society, we’ve become conscious of our habits’ effects on the environment. The goal for most building owners is to save money and have less energy consumption. Take some time to read and explore these ways to create a more energy-efficient building.
Use Energy Efficient Lighting
Utilize energy-efficient lighting on the inside and outside of the building. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs to reduce energy use. Fluorescent bulbs also last longer, which means saving money in more ways than one.
The best option is the LED bulb, which lasts up to five times longer than fluorescent and is the most energy-efficient option available. They also operate cooler than regular bulbs, which can help reduce the cooling load in the building.
Focus on Renewable Energy
Fossil fuels are the world’s main fuel source, but now we have technology that harvests energy from nature. It’s best to use renewable energy because they produce little waste and are freely available.
Solar panels grab solar cells from the sun and create energy to power buildings and homes. This energy is possible because of technological advancements. Installing solar panels will allow you to decrease the use of non-renewable energy sources and make a more energy-efficient building.
Improve the Insulation
There is a direct correlation between the insulation and the building’s energy efficiency. Insulating the walls, ceilings, and floors will help save money on the annual energy costs of your structure. The HVAC system won’t have to run as often, and the insulation will help prevent heat loss in your building.
Install a More Efficient Heating and Cooling System
A heating and cooling system will typically last around 10 years before the repairs begin adding up. Upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system with the correct size and proper installation.
If your AC unit is too small, it won’t keep the building comfortable during the summer. Also, it won’t efficiently remove the uncomfortable humidity if it’s too large. Updating your HVAC unit to a newer, more efficient model can help save up to 40 percent on energy costs.
Feel free to implement any of these strategies to create a more energy-efficient building. They will help your facility in the long run.