January 19, 2016

How to give your office or commercial equipment a rest

Dave Corliss

Dave Corliss

Machinery, lighting, HVAC — if you’re not using something, then logic says: shut it down. So why do so many of us continually forget? Here are two ways to turn that around, so your business can start saving right away:

Post-shutdown reminders

Get yourself and other employees to take these simple actions: turn off the lights when you leave a room, and shut down equipment when you leave for the night. Communicate the importance of shutting things off, and post reminders near lights and equipment. Or take it further and post a schedule, so people know exactly when to turn things on or off—especially useful if your equipment needs a warm-up period.

In May 2007, municipal facilities in British Columbia achieved 5-percent overall energy savings, through their Turn it Off Challenge—a friendly competition that encouraged groups of employees to see who could save the most. A pilot study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) netted 6-percent overall savings using a similar competition-based approach.

Use automated controls

The term “human error” exists for a reason, and automated controls like timers and sensors have the edge here. In the same EPA study noted above, another group achieved 21-percent overall savings by adding occupancy sensors that automatically turned off equipment in spaces that had been empty for 15 minutes.

Which approach is right for your business? We’re here to help either way. Want to institute a Shut it Off campaign? We can help you get started. Interested in adding automated controls? We’ll help you identify which system controls will save you the most, help you find a vendor or contractor and even offer rebates to boost your return on investment.

Dave Corliss, Efficiency Vermont account manager, partners with Vermont businesses and communities to identify ways to save energy and money.

Contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 to see how we can help you solve business challenges with energy solutions.

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