How to Make Your Business More Energy Efficient
Updated: Dec 21, 2021
StorEn Tech's mission is to make environmentally friendly living accessible. While vanadium flow batteries for your business will undoubtedly improve its energy efficiency once they’re widely available, there are still several steps you can take to make your business more energy efficient.
1. Perform an Energy Audit
An energy audit provides a complete picture of your energy use and associated costs, identifying ways to reduce energy consumption, save money, and create an energy-efficient business.
Energy audits can be an effective way to identify and implement cost-saving energy efficiency projects, including those that qualify for utility incentives, such as rebates or preferential rates.
In addition to providing recommendations to increase the efficiency of your business's operations, an audit may also reveal opportunities to reduce your company's environmental impact as well as your company's energy costs.
A professional energy audit is a detailed assessment of a facility. It can evaluate all major energy-consuming systems within a facility, including lighting systems, heating and cooling equipment, appliances, and HVAC equipment.
An energy audit accomplishes two things: identifying opportunities for reducing the energy consumption at a facility and recommending measures for improving the efficiency of existing equipment that will reduce the amount of energy used by the system.
An audit may include analyzing any or all parts of a facility, including its lighting systems, HVAC systems, water heating equipment, electric motors, and power distribution equipment. In addition, an audit typically includes a review of utility bills from the past year.
2. Switch to LED Bulbs
There are many advantages to LED bulbs, and the savings alone should be enough to make the switch.
Below are reasons why your business should switch to LED bulbs:
Energy savings. LEDs use up to 80% less energy than traditional lighting. Not only will you save money on your electric bill, but you'll also reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment.
Lifespan. LEDs last 25 times longer than traditional lighting, keeping maintenance costs low for years to come. This longevity can save businesses thousands of dollars by reducing replacements and repairs throughout the year.
Versatility. LEDs can be used in a wide variety of settings, from warehouses and factories to retail shops and restaurants, because they emit no hazardous materials or UV rays.
3. Invest in Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats are used in homes and offices to save money on heating and cooling costs. As commercial businesses begin switching to this more efficient technology, they can benefit from higher worker productivity if they mesh the programmable thermostats with their lighting systems.
A building can be set up to use different temperatures at different times of the day, based on the time of year, number of people in the building, and even types of work being done. This reduces energy costs during non-peak hours.
4. Implement Solar with Battery Energy Storage
Businesses can begin producing their own energy by installing commercial solar on their roofs, and this is an excellent place to start when it comes to lowering your energy bill. However, to realize significant operational cost savings, businesses must use solar in conjunction with battery storage.
Without solar battery storage, excess energy generated by your business is lost to the grid. Companies can use a battery energy storage system to generate their own energy and store excess energy for later use, maximizing savings.
An overview of how solar energy storage works:
During the day, your commercial solar generates energy for up to 12 hours, with peak production between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Extra energy generated during the day that is not used by the business is used to charge the solar batteries.
Extra energy is diverted, recorded, and stored on the utility grid for later use by your business.
In the evening, after solar generation has ceased and energy consumption and utility costs are high, you will draw on the energy stored in your batteries earlier in the day.
Once the batteries have been fully charged, you can begin utilizing any excess energy you had previously banked from the utility grid.
By combining solar and battery storage, you can save more money on your monthly utility bill and gain more control over current and future cost increases.
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