10 Ways to Create an Energy Efficient Building

In today’s world it’s easier than ever to optimize energy efficiency of your property. Every day there are new products on the market that help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease our electricity bills at the same time. Here are our favorite 10 ways to create an energy efficient building.

  1. LED Lighting: Updating your property’s lighting to LEDs will not only decrease your electricity bill but will also keep your building cooler. Traditionally lighting lets off significant heat whereas LEDs stay cool to the touch when turned on. LED bulbs are 55% more efficient than other bulbs, have no hazardous materials and are much more durable than traditional lighting. You won’t have to change a bulb for 10 years.
  2. Sensors, Timers and dimmers: If your employees are notorious for leaving the lights on, sensors and timers could be a great way for you to keep your electricity bill under control. Dimmers also save on electricity while offering ambiance to your space.
  3. Solar Panel System: With all of these energy saving techniques, your property won’t require as much electricity. Now you can be fitted for a solar panel system that fits this reduced energy load. This means your solar panel system will be less expensive. Be sure to implement as many electricity saving techniques as possible before you get a solar quote. There is no need to pay for a larger system than you need.
  4. Double pained windows: Replacing those old windows with double pained windows will better insulate your building. In the summer you won’t need so much AC and in the winter you won’t be running the heat as often. A big bonus is the reduction in outside noise coming in.
  5. Window tint and blinds: This is an easy one to forget. Closing your blinds or installing windows with a slight tint will further reduce the amount of heat radiating through your windows and into your building, keeping the temperature down.
  6. Update your HVAC: If your property’s HVAC is ancient, it’s probably a good idea to have it checked out. Chances are it needs some attention and may need an update which will further reduce your energy load.
  7. Check your insulation: If your building is over 30 years old another smart step to take is checking on your insulation. This will keep your space cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter freeing you of huge heating and cooling bills.
  8. Energy efficient appliances and machinery: If your building requires appliances and machinery, make sure they are up to date and include energy efficient features.
  9. Programmable thermostat: These compact tools pack a punch. Programmable thermostats make it possible for you to select your ideal temperature along with your daily schedule and the thermostat monitors the temperature accordingly. This means you never have to blast the AC or heat needlessly.
  10. Skylights: If you are thinking about a new roof or any structural changes, it may be a good time to consider skylights in your warehouse. This will let in natural light which will reduce the number of lamps needed inside.