03/25/2013

Target Behavior to Lower Loads

Occupant neglect can drive up energy costs

 

How much could your office building save if you choose an ENERGY STAR-labeled replacement when a piece of equipment is ready for retirement?
All cost savings estimates are based on an assumed electric rate of 10 cents per kWh.
CREDIT: EPA/LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY
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Do your building occupants turn off their computers when they leave for the day? What about the printers – do you turn them off or activate a low-power setting overnight?

If not, you have an easy opportunity to further reduce your building’s energy consumption, according to ENERGY STAR’s guide to building commissioning. The commissioning process can be helpful for finding hidden waste, but many of these changes can be made in-house.

How Occupants Increase Loads
Supplemental load sources such as unused equipment that is left running when it’s not in use contribute to your building’s energy consumption, but the situation is easy to remedy.

Try conducting a walkthrough of your facility after hours to see what equipment is left on overnight, on weekends, and in periods of low use during the workday. Encourage occupants to shut down their computers or other equipment when they leave. As equipment is replaced or added, specify highly efficient office equipment, such as ENERGY STAR-labeled items.

“Energy-efficient equipment not only uses energy efficiently, but typically features a low-power sleep mode for inactive equipment,” notes ENERGY STAR.

Power management features such as sleep mode help cut the energy consumption of equipment that the occupant can’t or won’t turn off.

 


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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