UEC’s Energy-Saving Strategies this Summer (UEC’s Own Managing Director In His Monthly Column In Total Food Services Magazine)

We at United Energy Consultants wanted to put together a simple list for business owners to be more efficient with their energy usage. by Peter Kaplan

Demand management is an important part of bringing down your overall pricing profile. With effective demand management businesses can reduce their overall consumption and energy spend by as much as 10%.
Also a reduction in our energy usage will have a direct positive impact on the environment. It has to start with us!

Here is our list, I hope you all find it as a useful resource to not only save money, but help save the environment.

Gain Cool Air And Avoid The Heat Wave Using Your Windows
During daytime, you can prevent heat to pass through and capture the cool air by installing window coverings. Here’s how to improve energy efficiency by window treatments and coverings.

Know How To Efficiently Use Your Thermostat
During the summer, set your thermostat for 78°F (26°C) while you’re home, or set as high as comfortably possible and turn it off when you’re away. When the differences of the temperatures between inside and outside are smaller, the overall cooling bill can also be lower. And by turning it off when no one is needing it, it will be easy for a programmable thermostat to go back to its temperature. And for maximum energy savings, check how to effectively operate your thermostat.

Use Ventilation Strategies To Cool Your Space
Proper natural ventilation is the key on having little or no energy use for active HVAC cooling and ventilation because it can help meet a building’s cooling loads without using mechanical air conditioning systems. Find out more on natural ventilations.

Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently
Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment to avoid higher energy bills. A great example for this would be dirty cooling coils. This will fail to properly cool the air and hinder air flow if it is not regularly cleaned, hence leading it to reduced efficiency and higher energy bills.

Remove any dust buildup to your vacuum to ensure that the furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through the vacuum registers.

Install Efficient Lighting That Runs Cooler
Light your space using the same amount of light for less money. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consumer results in light, and 90% of the energy is given off as heat, and that lost energy is the money we are throwing away. Learn more about your options for efficient lighting.

Seal Any Hot Air From Leaking Into Your Home
Another way of saving money is to seal air cracks and openings to prevent hot air from leaking into your home. And Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.

Lower Your Water Heating Bill
Water heating can account for around 14% to 25% of the energy consumed of the utility bill.

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.

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