Winter Weather Tips for Your Commercial Building

Right now, New England is seeing one of the coldest winters in recent history.  Based on the latest data this winter temperatures are supposed to be colder all over the US compared to last winter. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is expecting that due in large part to colder temperatures natural gas costs are set to increase by 12%, heating oil by 17% propane by 18% and electricity by 8%.

One major problems for businesses is keep their buildings warm during sever winter periods. It is recommended that facility managers and building owners conduct an energy audit to assist in determining how energy efficient their buildings are. This can be done by the business its self or by contacting the local utility or energy auditor.

The top three areas of concern for commercial buildings are lighting, space heating and space cooling. Looking first at lighting, which is one of the largest consumers of energy there are many things that can be done. Sensors can be installed to turn off or dim lights when a room is not occupied. Another option is building automation, which allows for centralized control of a lighting, heating, ventilation and other systems through a building management system. Lastly, high-end trimming or light level tuning can help set a maximum level of lighting that is less than 100% for spaces that don’t need as much lighting.

Space heating is the second largest consumer of energy for commercial businesses. HVACs help to control the temperature, humidity and air quality account for about 40% of energy usage according to the US Small Business Administration It is recommended to do a winter tune up in which the furnace filters and heating coils are cleaned and/or replaced, if necessary.

Other ways to reduce costs include reducing the outside airflow rate. It is often found that most buildings are bring in more outside air than is necessary. Checking the boiler system to ensure it operating on high fire settings and does not need any tune-ups. Adjusting power management settings on electronic devices to regulate plug load. Using a digital control system for humidistats and pneumatic thermostats will allow for higher discharge air temperature set points and can save money on cooling energy use. Along with replacing hot water storage tanks with tankless natural gas or electric water heaters that will use less energy.

All these suggestions will help improve the overall energy usage of your commercial business, but there is another factor to consider as well. And that is the price that is being paid for energy. What if your business could combine the savings from the above-mentioned methods and pay less for the energy itself? With help from Better Cost Control your business could contract fixed price energy that would not be susceptible to the volatile energy market. Imagine knowing what you would pay on energy for the next 3 years or even the next year. It is possible to even get a lower price than you are paying now. For a complimentary quote feel free to click here.

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