Saving Energy

Saving Energy Is Spendable Income
Any savings in expenses that have already been budgeted can be turned into spendable income. One expense that can be controlled to some degree is the energy used for lighting and for air conditioning.
Lighting the office space uses a high percentage of electrical energy. In addition, the lighting can generate excess heat that needs to be cooled by an air conditioning system. Up to 60% of the electricity used in a building can be used by lighting and cooling. Bills for lighting the building can amount to about half of the original cost of the building during its lifetime.
Changes To Save Energy
It is much easier to effect savings in lighting when building the new structure, with plans in advance for energy conservation. With the existing building, the same ideas for savings will be a little more difficult, but will pay off in the future. Some are as easy as changing light bulbs. Others may need wiring changes and are a little more expensive. All should pay for themselves in a short time. Here are a few of these changes.
• LED lights, and fluorescent bulbs.
• Improved lighting controls, reflectors and spacing of the light fixtures
• Change all outdoor lighting to Solar lights.
• Microelectric sensors that measure sunlight and sense people entering and leaving rooms can cut the use of lighting drastically.
• Individuals in offices can cut usage comfortably by using desk lamps (with special low-usage fluorescent bulbs or LED lights) instead of overhead lights.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Keeping a building cool in warmer weather can save enormously on energy. Windows in offices or lobbies and halls of apartments can be glazed with low emulsive film. This transparent film will not interfere with the views from windows, but can reduce the ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Interiors can stay from 30 to 50 percent cooler.
Consider the savings that can be utilized from the installation of an energy management and control system (EMCS). The EMCS automatically controls the ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems in a building. EMCS can be as simple as individual point-of-use timers to very sophisticated microprocessor-based systems controlling the whole building.