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Summer air conditioning accounts for 11 percent of total energy use in commercial buildings nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That number might have you sweating cooling costs, but these tips can help.
Adjust cooling equipment to occupancy schedules. Is your building temperature always set at the same level? Adjusting thermostat settings when the building is unoccupied is a good way to save energy. For every two-degree increase in temperature over a 12-hour period, you can save 3 percent in cooling energy costs.
Perform regular maintenance. Hire a qualified professional to perform regular maintenance to ensure efficient operation. Energy-saving maintenance strategies include:
- Inspecting ductwork and sealing leaks.
- Checking and replacing air filters regularly.
- Keeping outdoor condensing units free of dust and dirt, which block airflow.
- Calibrating thermostats to ensure they are functioning properly.
Make it a team effort. Get employees on board and educate them on basic energy-saving behaviors. Discourage the use of personal fans. If employees feel uncomfortable, it could be a sign of a cooling system problem that should be addressed. Encourage employees with windows to adjust shades to allow for daylight, while keeping heat out.