PROFESSIONAL OFFICE MD Energy Efficiency … it’s good business!
Cutting business energy costs and saving money today is a top priority in all offices. Energy efficiency puts the power in your hands – the power to save both kilowatts and cash. Using energy wisely will lower your offices monthly utility bills, and it may be easier than you think. In light of today’s rising prices, energy efficiency is worth more than a passing glance. Climbing energy costs only increase the value — and quicken the payback — of any investment you make in energy-efficient products or processes.
What about those light bulbs? From using energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs, any steps your business takes to improve efficiency will translate directly into savings. It’s one of the simplest strategies your office can adopt to give the environment, and your bottom line, a boost. The average life of a standard fluorescent bulb is approximately 2000 hours -vs- 40,000 hours with an energy savings daylight fluorescent bulb.
Additional Daylight Fluorescent Bulb Benefits: <ul><li>Whiter and brighter light </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate glare, & eyestrain </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier to see, read, & work </li></ul><ul><li>Employee productivity improves </li></ul><ul><li>Significantly reduce light bulb replacement cost </li></ul><ul><li>Cut your energy usage by up to 85% </li></ul><ul><li>Daylight Fluorescents reflect 2/3 less heat </li></ul>Office Lighting comprises about 30 percent of the electrical load in most commercial offices”
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Filter Replacement Schedules “ Heating and cooling cost account for 70% of the energy used in commercial offices.” Performing regular maintenance and scheduled filter replacement will keep the HVAC systems running more efficiently, and with less down time. Heating and Cooling Comfort Adjust thermostats up when cooling and down when heating, especially when areas are unoccupied. Programmable thermostats make these adjustments for you automatically. Consider having locking covers installed on your thermostats to prevent employees from tampering with temperature settings.
Have a study done for above ceiling insulation <ul><li>Over 50% of existing offices have inadequate or missing ceiling insulation. </li></ul><ul><li>The average percentage of missing insulation exceeds more than 60% of the office square footage. </li></ul><ul><li>This largely increases the heating and cooling load of your HVAC systems and substantially increases the overall heating and cooling cost. </li></ul>
Weather Stripping and Door Seals <ul><li>Rising energy cost can be attributed to worn and or missing door seals. This is also a direct path for insects and rodents in offices. </li></ul><ul><li>To help eliminate increased pest management fees, and loss of heating and cooling dollars, weather stripping should be checked on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>New weather stripping installation alone can help reduce your heating and cooling cost by as much as 20% while reducing drafts and discomfort to office spaces. </li></ul>
Use of Fans and Open Doors in Computer Server Rooms <ul><li>The most secured room of any office should be the computer/server room. In most offices unfortunately the exact opposite is found. </li></ul><ul><li>Doors are being propped open, fans are blowing dust on sensitive equipment, and ceiling tiles are removed in an attempt to cool the equipment. None of these methods help eliminate the heat buildup in the room and most hinder the process, and help destroy the computer equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Office MD has successfully helped eliminate this problem in many offices, and should be contacted to look at your existing condition if the above applies. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Theft of air conditioning units have become increasingly popular and are on the rise because of the copper and aluminum contained within. The units are being stolen entirely or by unscrewing the top and removing the guts leaving the metal casing. Businesses are targets because the units are located at the rear of buildings where there is no activity. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Thieves are getting bolder in the theft of air conditioning and it only takes a matter of minutes.” </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions: </li></ul><ul><li>Install a self-contained condenser alarm </li></ul><ul><li>Install a HVAC Theft Protection Cage </li></ul>Exterior AC Unit “THEFT”
Without security lighting poorly lit offices, steps, or parking lots can be an accident waiting to happen. A well-lit office enables your staff and to see potential hazards and avoid accidents. At the same time, outdoor lighting is also a deterrent to potential intruders. A burglar prefers to work in the dark and doesn't want to be noticed. Most of the time lighting fixtures are already in place but need bulb replacement. Professional Office MD will visit your office after hours, and conduct a survey of all exterior lighting. We’ll evaluate if additional lighting is required, along with replacing any faulty fixtures. . Exterior Office Lighting Which one of the photos above looks less secure?
The information and percentages contained in this Energy Savings Guide are just a few of the many ways in reducing energy cost and increasing energy savings. Please contact Professional Office MD for an ENERGY EFFICIENCY approach to your individual office needs. Contact us today! “ Reducing energy use 30% in a commercial office building is equivalent to increasing net operating income and building asset value by 5%”