Energy efficiency – performing the same tasks while using less energy. Buildings may be motivated to operate more efficiently for financial savings, environmental impact reduction or increased operational efficiencies.
How Existing Commercial Buildings Can Increase Energy Efficiency:
In existing commercial and industrial buildings, energy efficiencies can be met through retrofit projects. Specific activities will be determined on a building-by-building basis, but common places to start are upgrading insulation, implementing modern control technologies and replacing old or outdated equipment. An easy place to start is with lighting.
Other ideas to increase energy efficiency:
- Look into demand response and other energy efficiency incentive programs offered by utility companies
- Support incentive-based energy legislation that makes retrofits and upgrades more affordable
- Institute a tenant energy awareness program and alert tenants to goals and tips on low- and no-cost efficiency strategies