Sustainability 101

Q&A: How Can My Building Increase Our Operating Efficiency?

Q: How Can My Building Increase Our Operating Efficiency?

A: According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), commercial buildings use about 40% of all energy consumed in the U.S. However, there are many steps building owners and managers can take to reduce their energy footprint and save money through greater operational efficiencies.

For example, an efficiency outreach campaign based in California called Flex Your Power says that a 50,000 square foot office building with average operating efficiency can reduce operating costs by $40,000 per year through no-cost and low-cost actions. Ideas include efficient lighting,  upgrades or reduction of specialty equipment such as refrigeration and IT devices, regular maintenance of HVAC systems, and more.

Additionally, setting computers and other office equipment to shut down overnight or when otherwise idle can offer big savings and lengthen the lifetime of the machine.

Great Forest consultants are happy to consult with your building to put some of these ideas into practice, saving you energy and money.

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