With all the commercial office buildings going up around the metro Vancouver, energy-efficiency is becoming a high priority for developers and owners of these office buildings. With all the types of equipment used in the work places, it pays to develop small habits and to build workspaces that manage your office’s energy consumption efficiently. Remember to consider the biggest energy hogs in your office build and accommodate the layout design to boost efficiency and increase savings for your customers.
So to all the developers and owners, BC Comfort has put together a rundown of some of the biggest energy hogs in a typical office environment and some tips on how to manage its energy consumption.
- REMINDER TO TURN OFF THE LIGHTS WHEN NOT IN USE. In most commercial buildings, lighting can account for more than 40% of overall energy consumption. Most commercial buildings are trending away from the lighting systems that stay on 24/7. Just the simple habit of turning off all the lights (with the exception of the security light) at the end of the day can cut down your energy cost as much as 25%.
- INSTALL LED BULBS. Many people are still using incandescent bulbs in their office. Switching to LED or compact fluorescent lights saves on energy as well as the cost for replacing the incandescent bulbs more often.
- INSTALL MOTION-SENSORS AND TIMERS. You can install timers in bathroom and conference room lighting systems so that the light turns on automatically when someone enters the room and will turn off automatically after people leave the room.
- UPGRADE TO LAPTOPS. If you are able to upgrade your employees to laptops. Desktop computers need to be plugged in all the time, while laptops can be unplugged once fully charged. Also, employees are given the freedom and flexibility to work from home or anywhere. Less employees means less lighting and cooling is required at the office.
- USING POWER-SAVE MODE. Encourage your employees to set their computers to power-saving mode and disable screensavers. This will help manage the energy being used by the computer and to extend the life of your laptop battery throughout the work day.
- POWER DOWN. Give each employee a power bar to plug in their work station equipment. Encourage them to completely power down their work station at the end of day. All it takes it a flip of the switch on the power bar.
- CENTRAL EQUIPMENT ROOMS. When it comes to equipment, such as printers, it may be more convenient for employees to have individual printers in their office, however this is a great source of energy wastage. By providing a central copy room with enough equipment to meet the office needs, you are reducing your energy load on the office. Employees will also think twice about printing if the printer is not located at their desk, this will save power and paper. It will also be easier to shut down the whole room at the end of day to conserve energy during off hours.
- CHOOSE ENERGY STAR. Energy Star appliances are proven to be efficient in using energy. Install as many Energy Star appliances as possible in your office building.
- PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS. A smart programmable thermostat has the capability to automatically adjust the temperature of your office building when office hours are over. Turning down the heat or air conditioning when they aren’t needed can result in significant savings for building owners.
- SMART CLOUD SYSTEM. You can take it even a step further and install a cloud-based smart system. That way building owners can monitor their systems and adjust as needed from anywhere in the world.
For more information, please contact BC Comfort.