Energy Saving Tips
BOMA International - the Building Owners and Managers Association – has compiled a list of the
ten best no or low-cost strategies to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings.
BOMA says putting these into practice could cut consumption by as much as 30%.
The recommended actions are:
; Check that equipment is functioning as designed
Double-check energy management systems to make sure that operations are optimised. ; Consider your cleaning options
These include team cleaning where staff work floor by floor and the lighting is turned
on/off as they progress; and daytime cleaning, which may not require the lights to be on
at all. Coordination of cleaners with security walk-throughs is also more efficient and can
be used as an opportunity to turn off equipment that was inadvertently left on by
occupants. Install motion sensors to turn lights on when cleaning staff are present - and
off when they are not.
; Encourage occupants to turn off equipment
During 'closed' hours, power down everything such as copiers, kitchen equipment and
task lights. Use cleaning/security personnel to turn off items such as coffee pots, kitchen
equipment and office lights.
; Use high efficiency LED exit signs
LED exit signs operate 24/7 and have lower maintenance costs due to their extended life. ; Institute an energy awareness programme
Tell everyone about your commitment to energy savings. Keep occupants informed about
energy savings goals and how they can both help and benefit.
; Install computer power management software
Billions are wasted on electricity for computer monitors that are left on when they
shouldn’t be. Power management software can help put a stop to that.
; Change incandescent lamps to more efficient alternatives
New light sources use less energy, have a longer life and produce less heat. Check the
lighting in toilets, cupboards, server rooms and common areas.
; Harvest daylight
Maximise the benefit by locating workstations that require high illumination adjacent to
; Evaluate after-hours usage
Talk to the occupants to learn if they are actually using their space outside normal
operating hours. Adjust building operating hours to reflect actual occupant use. ; Adjust ventilation
Reduce exhaust and outdoor air ventilation rates within required limits. Take a look at the
fans and adjust ventilation in unoccupied and low density areas to reduce the ventilation
to a practical, yet comfortable level.