Heating and Cooling
Did you know nearly one quarter of all U.S. commercial sector electricity consumption is due to heating and cooling processes, but you can save up to 3% on your energy bill for each degree the thermostat is raised in the summer and lowered in the winter? There are many other ways that you can decrease your business's heating and cooling energy consumption, and our resources below will help you simultaneously earn points, save money and reduce energy use!
Scorecard Action Items
Potential Points: 260
Conduct an indoor comfort survey with staff and discuss results 30 Points
Make a list, including age and relative condition, of company equipment that uses energy such as: heating, cooling and ventilation mechanicals; computer equipment; appliances; refrigeration 30 Points
Keep doors and windows closed when A/C or heat is running 10 Points
Use window blinds, curtains, solar shades, solar window screens, window film, or landscaping to decrease cooling costs in summer and heating costs in winter 20 Points
Set thermostats to recommended Energy Star settings or better 20 Points
Add weather stripping/caulking around windows and doors to reduce draft 20 Points
Install programmable thermostats and set schedules for unoccupied times 30 Points
Complete HVAC retrofit and/or retrocommissioning 50 Points
Upgrade to a white/high-reflectivity or green roof 50 Points
Have you ever been in a building where some areas of a room are warmer or cooler than another area? This could be a sign that your heating or cooling system is leaking energy out of the building through poor insulation or an inefficient HVAC system. Businesses stand to save significant amounts on their power bill by making investments into heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. As seen in the figure below, owners can even retrofit existing systems to create large savings (in VA, between 20%-30% reductions in HVAC energy consumption).