If you are a building manager and looking to save energy on your heating and cooling, lighting, and food service operations, read these helpful tips.

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HVAC – Heating and Cooling

  • Regularly inspect your heating and cooling units to make sure they are running efficiently. This includes calibrating thermostats and setting them to appropriate temperatures, as well as cleaning or changing air filters.
  • Examine ducts and windows and seal any leaks to avoid wasting the energy you put into heating or cooling your space.
  • Use fan systems to optimize the delivery of air in the most energy efficient way. For older systems, an upgrade may be in order.

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  • Lighting consumes 25-30 percent of energy in commercial buildings. Install sensors that automatically turn off lighting when no one is present, especially in low traffic spaces like restrooms.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitted diodes (LEDs). Switching just one CFL can save $40 or more over the lifetime of the bulb.


Food Service and Storage Equipment

  • Whether it’s an industrial appliance or just part of your office kitchen, replace refrigerator door seals to prevent the refrigerator from wasting energy. If you can slip a piece of printer paper between the door frame and seal, the seal needs replacing.
  • When it’s time to upgrade, consider buying ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. Savings can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars every year.

Working together, building managers and residents can make a difference and help Virginia achieve its goal to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent. Get your residents involved with our tip for renters.

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!