The fourth-annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day is October 2, 2019, which is a day to showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. So how can you take action on Energy Efficiency Day? Well, the obvious answer is to lower your building energy usage and save money on your energy bill, thus making your building more environmentally friendly. Those little savings add up. In fact, since 1990, investment in energy efficiency has made a large enough impact to avoid the energy usage of building about 313 large power plants that total savings of almost $790 billion in the United States.
Here’s two ways FSG can help you reduce energy waste on this Energy Efficiency Day:
1. Upgrade to LEDs & Lighting Controls
One of the easiest ways to save energy at home or at your business is to upgrade your lighting to LEDs. By replacing only five light fixtures, you can save $75 a year. Imagine the total savings per year in a large warehouse facility or retail store. Compared to traditional incandescents, LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and can last up to 25 times longer!
Upgrading to LEDs makes a lot of sense as a simple way to save energy and money. In fact, by the year 2027, adoption of LEDs could save about 348 TWh of electricity. To put that into perspective, that is a total savings of more than $30 billion!
The next step to expand energy savings with lighting after LEDs is to add lighting controls. Putting in occupancy sensors can cut energy use by 35 percent in an open office setting. Moreover, personal dimming controls can tack on an additional 11 percent in energy savings.
Lighting controls, paired with FSG’s Chariot™ platform, unlock the ability to schedule lighting zones for working hours of an office, business or store. By both upgrading to LEDs and automating your lighting schedules, FSG can help you become as energy efficient as possible with your lighting.
2. HVAC & Smart Thermostats
A quick way to save money and lower your energy costs by over 10 percent is to install a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat in your facility. Putting your building or house on a schedule can prevent any wasted heating or cooling when the space is unoccupied. A smart thermostat allows you to remotely manage your space temperature from an application, such as FSG’s Chariot platform, and gives you access to thermostat controls even if you are not at the facility. For a store, that allows you to schedule your HVAC to run based on store hours. At your home, that makes it so you can set your schedule to know when you are home or gone at work or on vacation.
Did you forget to change your schedule when you are gone? A smart thermostat, combined with Chariot, makes it easy to update your schedule remotely from a web-enabled device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
Lastly, smart thermostats can help detect when there’s a problem with your HVAC and remind you when maintenance needs to be performed. With those troubleshooting features, your HVAC unit can run more efficiently to save you energy and money.
To learn more about Energy Efficiency Day and see how you can take action, visit energyefficiencyday.org. Explore more energy efficiency measures that can help you save money, cut carbon, and breathe easier on October 2, 2019.
Want to start your energy efficiency journey today? FSG can help you with LED retrofits, lighting controls, smart HVAC controls, and more. Contact us today so we can help you become more energy efficient on this fourth-annual Energy Efficiency Day!
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