As businesses consider their reopening plans, there are numerous way that owners can prepare their properties to be more energy efficient.
While buildings and other commercial spaces are partially occupied by employees and customers, owners and landlords can implement several changes to help save energy:
- Set computers, monitors, printers, copiers and other office equipment to sleep when not in use or turn off the equipment completely.
- Switch off all nonessential lights when leaving a space.
- Unplug devices and chargers that are not in use.
- Check to ensure breakroom equipment, including coffee makers, are turned off.
Additionally, by integrating the following best practices, business and property owners can further reduce energy use:
- Check heating and cooling vents and keep them free of clutter.
- Set the thermostat to 65-68 degrees in the day during cooler months and 72-75 degrees in warmer months.
- Close window shades on hot days to keep summer heat outside. On cooler days, take advantage of natural sunlight to heat the space.
- Consider upgrading old equipment to newer, more efficient models and taking advantage of cash incentives to help you make energy-saving improvements.