According to statistics compiled by StatCan, the business sector used 10.6 billion terajoules of energy in 2008 alone. Electric power generation, transmission and distribution, which is the process that providers go through in order to deliver energy to commercial buildings across the country, accounted for 1.65 terajoules during the same period of time. Cutting back on energy consumption isn’t just a way to save you money on utility bills each month — it’s also a way to benefit the country as a whole by way of energy-efficient practices. One of the best ways to manage the energy consumption of your home or building is to properly utilize the climate control systems that have been installed within it.
One of the many ways that you can properly utilize the climate control system in an area involves the type of measurements that you choose to take and interpret. If you’re managing an existing building, you should be monitoring all utility bills and tracking their expansion or contraction over time. You should also be measuring all systems and subsystems within that climate control equipment with metering devices to help make sure that no problems are arising.
You can then take that information and compare it with certain established benchmarks, such as those available via Energy Star and the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey. Comparisons like this can identify areas for improvement that you can use to cut back on your energy use through the climate control system in the short and long term.
Another important way to properly utilize the climate control system in your building involves working your way through the list of common energy-saving opportunities. These steps involve eliminating simultaneous heating and cooling capabilities, for example, which itself will go a long way toward the elimination of excess waste. You should also be employing fan speed controls to help give yourself better management opportunities over the building’s temperature.
Other steps that you can take involve reducing the overall ventilation to certain areas of the building and employing night set-back and scheduling. Night set-back and scheduling in particular are ways to reduce energy consumption through detailed temperature control opportunities when everyone is out of the building for the night. Upgrading all controls to direct digital controls will also provide better management opportunities for your climate control systems at large.