New Ordinance Aims to Make City among the Cleanest in U.S.
This winter, the city of Orlando, FL took a big stride in becoming one of the most energy efficient in the country by passing the Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES). The legislation aims to save citizens money while conserving natural resources and enhancing the economy to boot. If you’re a local business owner, now’s the time to jump on board the commercial energy management bandwagon by investing in practical solutions that will improve your business and increase your efficiency. Find out how after the jump.
Why Does Energy Efficiency Matter?
Making your business energy efficient is one of the smartest moves you can make right now. Along with conserving resources and minimizing pollution for future generations, energy efficiency measure have shown that they can lower operating costs for businesses and add jobs to the economy. In fact, the adoption of the BEWES alone could add up to 500 local jobs and save the city an estimated $208 million in energy costs over the next 15 years, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, who collaborated to draft the legislation.
The law will require buildings over 50,000 square feet to report annually on their energy and water consumption, and audits on buildings that perform below the national average. Similar laws in California and Illinois have also been enacted this year with the hopes of continuing a trend begun in 2015, which saw a record high of global energy savings despite lower prices and economic growth.
How Can CytexOne Improve Energy Efficiency?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, HVAC and lighting are the two most common uses of energy in any space. Reducing energy used in these two areas can have a great impact on your building as a whole. Here are some ways to reduce costs and consumption:
- Occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting can reduce energy waste 20 to 60 percent.
- Unlike fluorescent or incandescent lighting, which burns off most energy as heat, LEDs use 70 to 80 percent of the energy used to light them.
- Save up to 10 percent of HVAC usage in each room when using an automated HVAC to raise the temperature seven to 10 degrees when not in use.
- Invest in a remote monitoring service like Atlas to measure usage and identify potential problems before they arise.
Want to learn about more commercial energy management solutions for your Orlando business? Contact CytexOne today!