Energy Efficiency

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Finding it difficult to control your energy costs? It’s a given, right? Your business needs power to run so you use what you need and pay the bill each month. When rates go up, your budget feels the pinch.

But you don’t have to feel stuck with, “it is what it is.”

Energy efficiency measures are empowering businesses with control over how much energy they use. Consumption goes down and as it is said around here…the cheapest energy is that which you don’t use.

It works. Learn how to control your usage through simple conservation measures and discover the benefits an energy efficiency plan can bring your business.

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The Case for Energy Efficiency

Businesses are increasingly recognizing the value of energy efficiency – benefits beyond an attractive ROI and decreased consumption. They are also realizing that it’s both practical and easy.

Unlike capital improvements, energy efficiency projects can be phased in, allowing your organization to begin with simple conservation efforts, progressing to lighting projects and more extensive efficiency measures.

Alternative Energy Source makes energy efficiency simple including identifying opportunities for improvement, project management, and financing.

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Energy efficiency might seem like more work than what your busy schedule will allow, but some free, quick measures have proven effective in reducing consumption while building an energy-smart culture within your business.

  1. Lighting

    – Turn lights off when not in use.
    It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this one is missed!
    – Disconnect unnecessary fixtures.
    – Use timers.
    – Take advantage of daylighting.

  2. HVAC

    – Change filters every month during seasons of high use.
    – Clear the area in front of vents or air intakes.
    – Review building occupancy times. Adjust the thermostat for unoccupied times.
    – Clear the area around the condensing unit.
    – Clean fan blades.

  3. Office Equipment

    – When possible, power down equipment not in use.
    – Use smart power strips to shut down power to equipment in sleep mode.
    – Disable computer screen savers and enable device power saving mode.
    – Phase out use of CRT monitors. When replacing, opt for efficient LED models.

  4. Building

    – Insulate, insulate, insulate – walls, windows, pipes, ducts, and outlets.
    – Examine building for drafts, specifically around window and doors.
    Repair leaks using caulk or weather stripping.
    – Running the heat or air conditioner? Keep windows and exterior doors closed.

  5. Operations and Education

    – Conduct a building walk-through to identify lighting and equipment that is left on.
    but could be turned off, particularly during off-shift times.
    – Educate employees. Let them know about energy-saving priorities.
    Explain the ways behavior impacts consumption.
    – Develop a team tasked with promoting and implementing energy efficiency.
    Establish metrics for success and reward accomplishment.
    – Get an audit.
    Alternative Energy Source provides free energy efficiency audits to help with this.
    – Benchmark. Regular measurement and review is essential to monitoring the
    success of conservation and efficiency measures and often helps identify
    additional areas for improvement.
    Alternative Energy Source offers Utility Data Management which is ideal for this
    purpose.

What can energy efficiency do for your organization?

Academic

Many school districts rank energy budget expense second only to salary.
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What if money saved through efficiencies could be spent on actually educating students?
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KEY OPPORTUNITIES
Lighting
HVAC
Office equipment
Benchmarking

Hospitals

A typical 200,000 sq ft hospital spends more than $13,000 per bed on energy.
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What if energy savings could be directed to patient care improvements?
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KEY OPPORTUNITIES
Lighting
Operating room setbacks
Benchmarking
HVAC retrocommissioning

Manufacturing

Energy expense for
high-demand factories can exceed 20% of total operating costs.
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Wouldn’t energy savings be better spent on making the organization more competitive?
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KEY OPPORTUNITIES
Motors and equipment
Air compressors
Process heating
Benchmarking

Multifamily

Over 15 million older multifamily housing facilities represent a nationwide potential energy savings of 15%-30%.
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What if energy savings could be used to finance additional upgrades and improve tenant spaces?
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KEY OPPORTUNITIES
Air sealing
Insulation
Benchmarking
Tenant education

Energy efficiency can help your business. 

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