Easy Energy Efficiency Improvements
Turn off lights when not in use.
Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Replace or retrofit non-energy efficient light fixtures.
Install "occupant sensors" to automatically turn lights off and on.
Take advantage of "day lighting".
Lower light levels where appropriate such as around computer monitors.
Install LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs.
Install timers or photocells on outside lights.
Use hot water wisely.
Insulate hot water holding tanks and hot and cold water pipes.
Set your water heater at the lowest required temperature.
Use less. Install faucet aerators and efficient showerheads.
Find and fix leaks.
Perform routine maintenance, such as vacuuming, to remove dust.
Turn off the lights in walk-in refrigerators.
Add strip curtains to refrigerated spaces without doors.
Retrofit or replace old refrigerators and freezers.
Turn off office equipment when not in use.
Maintain your equipment to ensure efficient performance.
Use energy efficient computers and office equipment.
Make sure your motors and motor systems are running at optimum efficiency.
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Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Systems
Make sure your HVAC system is operating efficiently.
Inspect and clean or replace air filters on a regular basis.
Repair leaks in system components such as pipes, steam traps or couplings.
Adjust the thermostat during unoccupied times or install a programmable thermostat.
Reduce air conditioning hours.
Make sure radiators, air intake vents, etc., are not obstructed so that air can flow freely.
Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on winter heating costs.
Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on summer cooling costs.
Block direct sunlight shining through windows in the summer.
Let the sun in during the day in the winter, but cover the windows at night.
Keep external doors closed.
Use fans to help delay or reduce the need for air-conditioning in the summer.
Use fans to pull warm air down from the ceiling in the winter.
Improve the insulation in the climate-controlled portions of your facility.
Plug leaks around windows, doors, outlets, etc., with weather-stripping or caulk.
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