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TOP 5 ENERGY HOGS THAT RAISE YOUR BUSINESS’S UTILITY BILL & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Commercial buildings consume a significant amount of energy, and a large portion of that energy is used to power equipment and facility systems. This blog post will explore the most energy-intensive equipment in commercial buildings and discuss ways to save energy and reduce energy costs.

What Are the Top 5 Pieces of Equipment in Businesses That Use the Most Energy?

  1. HVAC Systems: Heating, ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are some of the most energy-intensive equipment in commercial buildings. HVAC systems are responsible for heating and cooling the building, and they can consume a significant amount of energy. Therefore, businesses should invest in energy-efficient HVAC systems that use variable-speed motors and programmable thermostats to save energy and reduce costs. Additionally, regular maintenance of HVAC systems can help ensure they operate efficiently.
  2. Lighting: Lighting is another primary source of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Due to burnout, traditional incandescent and fluorescent lights are not energy-efficient and require frequent replacements. Instead, businesses should invest in energy-efficient LED lighting to save energy and reduce costs. LED lights use significantly less energy than traditional lights and have a longer lifespan, so they need to be replaced less frequently. Additionally, businesses can use motion sensors and timers to control lighting and reduce energy consumption during non-business hours.
  3. Refrigeration: Refrigeration equipment, such as refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers, are also significant sources of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Therefore, businesses should invest in energy-efficient refrigeration equipment and ensure that the equipment is sealed correctly and maintained to save energy and reduce costs. Additionally, businesses should consider using low-energy alternatives, such as ice storage systems, to reduce energy consumption.
  4. Office Equipment: Office equipment, such as computers, printers, and copiers, are also significant sources of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Therefore, businesses should invest in energy-efficient office equipment and use power management settings to reduce energy consumption when the equipment is not in use to save energy and reduce costs. Additionally, businesses should consider cloud-based services, such as online storage and collaboration tools, to reduce the need for energy-intensive equipment like servers and data centers.
  5. Water Heating: Water heating is another significant source of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Businesses should invest in energy-efficient water heaters, such as heat pump technology or solar energy, to save energy and reduce costs. Additionally, businesses should consider using low-flow fixtures like showerheads and faucets to reduce water consumption and energy usage.

How Can Businesses Reduce Utility Expenses from Facility Equipment?

Overall, there are many ways to save energy and reduce costs in commercial buildings by investing in energy-efficient equipment and implementing energy-saving strategies. By identifying and targeting the most energy-intensive equipment and systems, businesses can significantly impact their energy consumption and costs.

Additionally, businesses should also consider implementing an energy management program and setting energy reduction goals to track progress and ensure that their energy efficiency efforts have the desired results.