How to Retrofit Your Commercial Buildings to Save on Energy Bills
Building efficiency has significantly improved over the last decade, sticking many commercial building owners with outdated technology and inflated energy bills. But, just because a building isn’t the newest and shiniest out there doesn’t mean it can’t still be retrofitted to take advantage of today’s efficiency technology. Here are just a few improvements that can be made to older commercial buildings in order to lower energy bills.
Retrofit the HVAC
Heating and cooling is often the biggest energy cost in a commercial building, especially for buildings with old, clunky HVAC units. New HVAC systems use less electricity, while also giving building managers more control over when, where, and how much air is sent to different parts of the building. While replacing an HVAC system can be expensive, having a newer system will likely save money in the long run.
Change Out Old Lights and Appliances
Old incandescent light bulbs don’t only look bad, they also use a ton of energy. Switching to LED, CFL, or HID lights makes buildings more efficient. The same goes for old appliances, many of which can easily be replaced with high efficiency ones.
Utilize Power Management and Energy Management Software
The timing and function of equipment can make a significant difference in electricity costs. Energy management software monitors when equipment is on and how much electricity it uses. This data can help building managers make easy changes to lower electricity bill. Power management software can then be used for simple tasks like turning off computer monitors or other equipment.
Enhance Temperature Control
Using less heating or cooling in a building has the most significant impact on energy bills. Installing better windows or adding insulation to an older building can help keep it in a comfortable temperature range without running the HVAC. Building managers who want even more temperature control can upgrade their building with phase change material.
Phase change material is made of special materials that absorb heat and release it as its environment cools down. When an old building is retrofitted with phase change material, it can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. While most structural improvements are often very costly, building managers can get phase change material through a monthly utilization fee without having to buy phase change material outright. This monthly fee is lower than the energy savings that phase change material brings to a building, making phase change material the most affordable retrofitting option for most buildings.
To learn more about how phase change material can lower your building’s costs, contact D.I. Pathways today.