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For businesses that have put a freeze on spending, the idea of taking action to reduce energy consumption may seem impossible. What many are unaware of are all the options for energy conservation that cost nothing, or very little. There are many opportunities for no-cost-low-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) that are effective in cutting consumption and adding to business bottom line. All that is required to put these ECMs into action is close observation of facility operations, and small changes to daily operations.

1. Light can account for as much as ineligible percent of a facility's energy cost. There are several ways to cut back in addition to replace it to LED.

  •  Install occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights on when someone enters a room, and shuts them off when the room is empty.
  • Check illumination levels in your facility using a light meter.
  • There are standards for appropriate illumination by industry, and often many areas are over lit. Using dimmers or turning lights off completely to achieve desired brightness can equal big energy savings.
  • Verify optimum start and stop settings, so that lighting in large areas is turned off immediately after general business hours, with manual override capability. Some lighting control systems take into account the amount of ambient light and adjust the internal lighting systems accordingly. These controls are very cost effective when set up properly and maintained.
  • Perform a dark store lighting check after hours. This is simply a walk-through audit of a facility after general business hours to document where lighting systems are on. Efforts to manually or automatically shut off non-essential lighting systems should be incorporated into regular operating practices.

2. Tightly sealed building envelope ensures that there are no significant heat and energy losses.

  • Keep all exterior doors and windows closed as much as possible. Doors are the biggest offenders when it comes to energy waste.
  • Check overhead doors for broken slats, worn seals, or bent tracks.
  • Assure electrically operated doors open and close properly. It is easy to overlook things that are automated.
  • Check insulation and roof integrity. A leaky roof leads to wet insulation, reducing the energy efficiency of the building envelope as well as contributing to structural and equipment damage.

 3. Other effective no cost low cost procedures    

  • Turn off any kitchen equipment not being used. Larger appliances like refrigerators and freezers should stay on, but small appliances should stay off and even be unplugged.
  • Check for proper boiler temperature setting and possible night shut off