Making your building more sustainable means making it eco-friendly! You can easily lower your expenses by knowing how to make your commercial building more energy-efficient and implementing changes. Start by upgrading to your facility and having employees turn off electronics.
Turn Off Electronics
It’s easy to leave a room and forget to off the lights—we’ve all done it. Remember to tell employees to power down computers and other electronics at the end of the day.
Moreover, make sure employees turn them off lights whenever they’re unnecessary. This helps conserve energy and makes your workplace eco-friendly.
Have Good Insulation
By properly insulating your building, you keep the air from escaping, preventing you from having to constantly turn on the thermostat. In addition, making sure the windows, walls, and doors are adequately insulated protects the space—if they aren’t, make the upgrade.
For example, one advantage of commercial steel doors is that they make a business more energy efficient. If you insulate these doors with polystyrene or polyurethane, they do an even better job of controlling your building’s climate.
Invest in New Appliances
Consider investing in a new thermostat and new appliances for the cafeteria. Often, outdated technology wastes energy. Additionally, you can program the latest thermostats, so you can set schedules to cool or heat the building as needed.
Upgrade Your Lighting
You may want to switch out your lightbulbs for something more sustainable if you’re looking to make your commercial building more energy efficient. LED lights last longer and save far more power than the incandescent bulbs you normally use.
Utilize Renewable Energy
Use renewable energy—wind, water, solar, etc.—if possible. Not only is this natural, but it’s easily accessible and allows you to power your building through sustainable means. For example, if you want to start using renewable energy, install a few solar panels on your building’s roof and intermix its use with your typical electricity.