Industrial businesses always look for ways to improve their bottom line and become more efficient. At the same time, many of these companies also are looking for ways to improve their environmental impact and become greener. Fortunately, there’s a way for industrial businesses to accomplish both of those goals, and it doesn’t have to involve a lot of additional work or investment. Although some companies have made significant investments in green technology including windmills and solar panels, those aren’t necessary for a business to improve its environmental footprint while also improving its bottom line.
That’s because just about every commercial building in the country has numerous opportunities to resolve energy waste issues. Commercial buildings consume nearly 20 percent of all the energy in the United States. Yet a good portion of that energy ends up being wasted in one way or another. Not only does this wasted energy mean the consumption of precious natural resources and the unnecessary introduction of more pollution into the environment, but it also represents a significant cost to businesses. No matter how you look at it, wasted energy in commercial buildings is an issue about which all industrial businesses should be concerned.
While the problem is serious, it can be easier to solve than you might expect. Even something as relatively small and simple as installing motion detectors to keep lights turned off when no one is in the room can have a significant impact on a business’s energy consumption. The use of ENERGY STAR-rated equipment in the place of older, less-efficient models is another way businesses can improve their energy consumption and spend less on their energy bills. Other changes a business can make to its facilities include ensuring that its HVAC systems are properly insulated and maintained, as this helps those systems remain efficient and effective. Adding programmable thermostats can also help businesses manage the temperature inside their buildings more efficiently by giving the HVAC system a rest when no one is there to need it.
Making commercial buildings more energy-efficient is more than just green — it’s good business. Making your building more energy-efficient reduces your business’s environmental impact and improves your bottom line. The following checklist provides you with some ideas for improving your building’s energy efficiency, so review it and find out what you can do.
Author bio: Steve Fountaine is Owner of Premiere Works, which serves the Washington, D.C., southern Maryland and northern Virginia areas. Services include commercial painting, construction, contracting, build-outs, office renovations and more.