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?[1]  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!

Toolkit Resources

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

Additional Information

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).


[1] D.C. Department of Energy & Environment. “Energy Tips for Commercial Buildings.” DC.gov