Westbrook's Commercial Energy Efficiency Checklist
By Brian Edwards
Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind. Here are our favorite ways of saving money.
- Roof and wall insulation is high on our list of cost effective upgrades. Maximize savings by having an insulation contractor perform this upgrade to insure correct installation and maximum levels.
- Low voltage lighting can provide maximum light for minimum cost especially in high use locations such as offices and production areas.
- Appliances with instant on features should be plugged into power bars and turned off when not in use. Check the energy efficiency of new appliance purchases.
- Alternate sources of light such as sun domes should also be considered as an alternate and more natural source of lighting. Remember the cheapest source of light is the one you never turn on or off.
- All machines should be operated at correct power levels and run in off peak hours when ever possible.
- Flow reduction showerheads, taps and toilets combined with an on demand water heater can equal big savings.
- Operate air conditioning and furnaces with the fan on manual or constant running to cut down on hot and cold zones created by normal on off cycles.
- Service all units on a regular basis for maximum operating efficiency and make sure they are sized correctly for the job or area they service.
- Check for government or other sources of energy upgrading grants or assistance.
Save energy by choice, pay energy bills by necessity.
Article by Brian Edwards M.A.A.T.O, B.C.Q, President of Westbrook Building Inspections Ltd. http://www.westbrookbuilding.com/I hope this helps and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
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