How To Save On The Cost Of Energy For Commercial Buildings

With the rise of commercial office space needed one cost that has been growing exponentially is energy consumption. Whether you are managing office space, schools, hospitals or a large convenience store the amount of energy needed is always rising and so are the costs.

In the U.S a large office building which would be those with more than 100,000 ft.² using an average of 20-kilowatt-hours of electricity and 24 ft.³ of natural gas per square foot annually.

When you think about the cost and that building owners will pay an average of $2.14 on energy consumption per square foot in commercial buildings, as you can see above depending on the size of the building that can add up to be a very large expense.

What Causes the Rise in Cost for Energy Used in a Commercial Building?

One of the main reasons for a rise in your commercial building costs for energy is economic growth or GDP, this drives demand for office space and raises costs.

Another huge reason for the rising cost is various energy consuming devices.

We are going to look at some energy-saving measures below that will also help you save on costs. You can implement these strategies with the goal of being able to reduce your annual energy bills and also your economic goals for the environment.

Here are some of the best ways of saving energy for a commercial building:

  1. Start Recording What You Are Using:

The best place to start is to understand your current consumption. If you can and have the reports this will be the best way to see any spikes in usage.

Ideally, you will want to do this daily to see where the most energy is being spent, you could also look over the year and see when your busiest times are and where you are using the most energy.

This can also help you as you will be able to link your energy usage to certain pieces of equipment and that will help you to take the next steps to start saving energy. Whether this involves upgrading your processes and equipment or monitoring more thoroughly.

  1. Start With The Basics:

Once you are starting to gather data and you are able to see where the energy is being spent, you can start to save energy by turning off office equipment when not in use. Whether that means turning off printers, monitors and even putting some of these devices into sleep mode will be able to cut your energy costs.

Another area that you may want to look at is maintaining your HVAC system as this can be relatively inexpensive, but it can work very well to save you money from your energy bills.

  1. Get More Control:

If you want to be able to get even more control, then it is imperative to train some of your staff to make sure that continuous monitoring is done. One of the best ways of doing this is to set up alerts and appoint an operator that would receive a notification if a process or machinery is using too much energy.

If you want to make this far easier and introduce energy management with far more accuracy, we recommend having a look at Eniscope.

This will allow you to bring together energy monitoring and management with cutting-edge IoT technology into one small and powerful package.

Using Eniscope you will be able to get real-time data however large your commercial building and this will give you a great understanding of the energy that you are using and also the money that you are saving.

Optimizet Energy is able to install Eniscope in under three hours, which means that you will not have to interrupt your business.

This is one of the best ways to uncover invisible energy waste and also recover costs. As we mentioned above, it can help as it has features that will allow you to set up automatic energy overuse alarms and remote access of systems via the wireless control modules which will help you to avoid energy wastage on site no matter where you are.

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  1. IoT Systems:

As we described above you will find that Eniscope belongs to a group of technology which is housed under the term “Internet of Thing” or IOT for short. Essentially these systems will help you to connect information that is gathered from various devices. When this is integrated with your commercial building it will allow active monitoring and the ability to control as well as see advanced analytics which can be used to predict costs, save money and also optimize your energy usage.

  1. Real Time Monitoring Of Data and Energy Usage:

If you are using the smart technologies above one of the main benefits is that you will be able to see real-time feedback and data, this is especially handy if you know that particular systems are using more energy. It means that you can easily put in measures to throttle some of the energy used.

Another advantage for doing this is modelling scenarios and that means that you will more accurately be able to predict your energy levels and the costs associated with them.

  1. Programs to Save Energy:

You may also consider joining voluntary environmental protection agencies such as ENERGY STAR. This will provide you with a certification of energy efficiency and it will also ensure that you are using less energy to be able to earn the label.

You could also buy energy Star certified equipment that has been proven to use less energy.

This is especially helpful if you are using commercial refrigeration for instance, if you make sure that it has an energy Star rating you could save money over time on your utility bills.

Final Thoughts:

In 2022 with rising energy costs and things only looking to get worse, now is the time to start monitoring the energy that you are using and also saving on your costs. The good news is that there are many solutions available that will help you with your energy-saving.

Whether you are looking at saving on a large scale and setting up “smart building features” or whether you are looking at targeting individual processes and machinery with technology such as IoT now is the time to get started.

Here at Optimizet we provide energy-saving devices that are designed and manufactured to help you save on your costs.

With our cutting-edge cleantech our products are used by some of the most forward-thinking companies across the globe that are energy conscious, these include 7-Eleven, Walmart, KFC and Shell.

Feel free to Contact us to speak more about how we can help you with commercial energy savings, we offer free consultations to make sure you get the best options available for your business.

We also recommend reading these business energy saving tips that you can start implementing in your business today.

To Your Energy Saving Success….

 

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