General Ideas | In the Home Office | When Travelling
Heating and Cooling your Business

General Ideas:

  • Make conservation someone’s responsibility!
  • Educate and reward employees who identify and implement energy savings.
  • Celebrate the implementation of successful energy efficiency measures.
  • Ensure all rooms are equipped with light switches.
  • Install light emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Consider LEDs for elevators, hallways and parking garages.
  • Replace my incandescent or fluorescent EXIT signs with LED EXIT signs.
  • Install high-quality electronic ballasts along with T8 fluorescent tubes.
  • Consider installing a new high efficiency chillers. This will improve the performance of your building’s air conditioning system.
  • Install automatic door closers.
  • Insure doors and windows are sealed.

In the Home Office:

  • Turn off your computer and monitor when away for more than 30 minutes.
  • Keep in mind that screen savers do not save energy…
  • Connect your electronic devices to power bars and shut them off when you have shut down your computer.

When Travelling:

  • Turn your lights off so that they are not on the entire time you are away.
  • Lower the temperature in your office.
  • Unplug any devices that don’t need to be on, i.e., a printer or monitor.

Heating and Cooling your Business:

  • Have your air conditioning and furnace serviced.
  • Clean your air conditioning condenser of any dirt or debris.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter every month during the summer and every 2-3 months in the winter.
  • Stop any air leaks in your business by adding weather stripping around the outside doors and installing foam gaskets behind any plug or switch plates.
  • Consider installing a geothermal heat pump (more information).
  • Install a ground-source heat pump. You can produce at least two-thirds of the energy needed to heat your home this way, meaning savings of 30 to 70 per cent off your home heating costs.
  • Landscape for energy savings. Plant coniferous trees on the north side to protect from winter winds. Plant deciduous trees to shade the south-facing windows in the summer.

Conserving Energy at Home