To achieve some level of energy efficiency is not a hard task. Easy Energy Efficiency Improvements can be done with few easy steps which will take care for the energy consumed by lighting, water heating, refrigeration, home equipment, heating and cooling (HVAC) systems and building itself. The following tips are useful for your home and office too. If you follow this tips you will not only save money on your next electricity bill, but also will have smaller carbon footprint and can achieve better energy performance. Energy performance can be measured by accredited energy accessors and after their visit property owners can have their energy performance certificate.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Replace or retrofit non-energy efficient light fixtures.
- Install “occupant sensors” to automatically turn lights off and on.
- Take advantage of “day lighting”.
- Lower light levels where appropriate such as around computer monitors.
- Install LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs.
- Install timers or photocells on outside lights.
- Use hot water wisely.
- Insulate hot water holding tanks and hot and cold water pipes.
- Set your water heater at the lowest required temperature.
- Use less. Install faucet aerators and efficient showerheads.
- Find and fix leaks.
- Perform routine maintenance, such as vacuuming, to remove dust.
- Turn off the lights in walk-in refrigerators.
- Add strip curtains to refrigerated spaces without doors.
- Defrost regularly.
- Retrofit or replace old refrigerators and freezers.
- Turn off office equipment when not in use.
- Maintain your equipment to ensure efficient performance.
- Use energy efficient computers and office equipment.
- Make sure your motors and motor systems are running at optimum efficiency.
- Buy Energy Star Qualified Products: Locate a Store; Find Special Offers.
Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Systems
- Make sure your HVAC system is operating efficiently.
- Inspect and clean or replace air filters on a regular basis.
- Repair leaks in system components such as pipes, steam traps or couplings.
- Adjust the thermostat during unoccupied times or install a programmable thermostat.
- Reduce air conditioning hours.
- Make sure radiators, air intake vents, etc., are not obstructed so that air can flow freely.
- Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on winter heating costs.
- Use the Energy Star Building Checklist to cut down on summer cooling costs.
- Block direct sunlight shining through windows in the summer.
- Let the sun in during the day in the winter, but cover the windows at night.
- Keep external doors closed.
- Use fans to help delay or reduce the need for air-conditioning in the summer.
- Use fans to pull warm air down from the ceiling in the winter.
- Improve the insulation in the climate-controlled portions of your facility.
- Plug leaks around windows, doors, outlets, etc., with weather-stripping or caulk.
EPC is legal requirement since 2008 for any property, whether commercial or domestic, that is to be sold or let in United Kingdom. Since April 2012, legislation has been set in place that makes it illegal to market a property without a valid EPC. Landlords needs to have landlord EPC and owners of the commercial properties needs to have commercial EPC. Responsibility for not having EPC is now jointly shared with Landlord/Property owner and Estate or Letting Agent who is market the property to potential lander. Both, Property owner and Estate Agent need to ensure the property has a valid EPC before being put up for market.