Did you know that the average commercial building wastes 30% of its energy? Besides not wasting energy, there are other benefits for ensuring your commercial building is energy efficient. Not only will it cut down on your energy costs, it will also reduce your carbon footprint. If you are looking for ways to your commercial building more energy efficient, here are three ways to do it.
Ensure the Roof is Well Maintained
The first thing you should do when trying to make your commercial building more energy efficient is ensuring your roof is in good condition. If there are leaks or cracks in it, your heating and cooling costs will literally go through the roof. There is also the chance that leaks can cause damage to the insulation, which in turn will destroy its thermal resistance. If you do find your roof is in need of repair and it needs new insulation, industrial foam roofing systems offer a an energy efficient way to do it.
Change Over to LED Lighting
Over 25% of the energy bill in your commercial building most likely goes toward lighting. If your building still has T12 light bulbs, it's time to upgrade them. Doing so will help your building become more energy efficient. One great replacement option is to change over to LED lighting. There are many advantages for doing so, including:
- LED replacement bulbs use less wattage and are 30% more efficient
- There is no mercury in LED bulbs
- LED bulbs emit less heat which can make the air conditioning work more efficiently
- LED bulbs provide more light
Since LED bulbs do not emit Ultra Violet (UV) light, one more advantage replacing your lights with LED bulbs offers is that it can help to reduce eye strain and eye fatigue for those working inside the building.
Replace the Windows
If your commercial building is not that new, chances are you may have to replace some of the windows to ensure they are as energy efficient as possible. If they are not, they will be letting heat in during the summer months and cold air in during the cooler months, which can make for higher energy bills.
Besides replacing drafty windows, you'll want to replace any windows that are damaged, warped, or broken. Having the best windows possible in your commercial building will not only reduce your energy costs, they will allow natural light inside which will help to decrease electric lighting loads and even improve workplace performance.