Winter brings the daunting task of trying to keep staffers warm without paying astronomical heating bills … but it can be done.
Here are four ways to cut your building’s heating bills without asking employees to dress warmer:
- Limit peak-demand energy usage. One way to drastically reduce energy bills is by limiting the amount of energy-draining equipment your staffers are running during peak-demands hours. Check with your provider to see if the majority of your usage takes place during peak hours.
- Try stagger-starts. Have your facility manager start up major equipment at different times. This helps to reveal inefficiencies and works well on your major energy-consuming equipment. Stagger starts can also help to reduce peak energy demand.
- Think long-term when it comes to lighting. Around one-third of facilities have lighting upgrades in the works, according to a recent survey from Facility Manager’s Alert.
Reason: Fluorescent lamps and electronic ballast are proven to cut energy costs over time. Occupancy sensors that turn off the lights when rooms and offices are unoccupied also help reduce energy bills.
- Switch up the temperature. Most offices set the temperature at around 74 degrees. But try lowering it a few degrees and, if no complaints ensue, you’ll end up with a noticeable decrease in the heating bill.