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Wasted Energy May Be Haunting Your Facility
It's a scary thought — wasted energy lurking in your facility. In the darkest corners. Invisible to the naked eye. Haunting your bill with unnecessary costs.
But there's hope. We’ll help you identify some of these monsters and where they may be hiding. And, if you're unlucky enough to have one (or more), we'll help you find ways to vanquish them. Enjoy our haunting twist on traditional Hollywood horrors — energy version.
Leaky Ducts can lead to frighteningly higher heating and cooling costs. And while some leaks are easy to spot, others may be hidden and require testing to be revealed. Any leaks within reach can be fixed with mastic tape while large-scale leaks can be sealed internally using an aerosol sealant.
Exit lighting operates continuously, and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are rapidly becoming the standard in exit lighting because of their high energy efficiency and long life — 20 to 50 years. While LEDs have a higher initial cost, they more than pay for themselves in reduced energy use and lower maintenance.
Even when they aren't in use, many electronics are still drawing power. Be sure to adjust power management settings on computers, printers and other office equipment to limit their energy consumption when they are not in use.
Personal appliances, such as space heaters, can rack up a lot of additional energy costs over the course of a year. For instance, a 1,500 watt space heater operating at 500 hours a year will cost you about $75 at an average kWh rate of 10 cents. The best strategy for discouraging the use of personal appliances is to maintain building temperatures in a comfortable range of 68°F to 78°F. Also, central break room appliances use far less energy than multiple smaller units.
Many electronic devices at your facility use power 24-hours a day, even when they are not being used. Plug devices into advanced power strips, which automatically shut off power when they're not in use. Printers consume a surprising amount of energy, even when they are not printing. The average printer costs about $40 per year to operate, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Sharing printers saves energy, reduces equipment costs and cuts down on paper use.
That vending machine that stays lit up all night and ready to go; it's as full of as much empty energy use as it is empty calories. Install occupancy sensors on vending machines to shut off power to the compressor and front-panel lights when no one is present.
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