On average, office buildings spend about $2.5-4 per square foot on energy. So if, for example, your building is 350,000 square feet, you may spend an average of $2,000 per day on energy. If everyone in the office is taking vacation for five days, and you make sure the building is not running, you could save half of your energy spend every day, and and save $5,000 this week.
If you’re looking for end-of-the-year savings in your building, or just don’t want to waste energy, make sure your buildings are operating at their baseload next week. There are a few steps you will need to take to get your building down to its minimum consumption.
First, Implement Nighttime Operations for the Entire Week
If you are going to turn your building off for several days, make sure you consider freeze protection, so there aren’t any negative consequences of lowering the building’s temperature to save energy.
Second, Take Control of Common Spaces
Before you leave for the week, take a walk around your building and check everything that has an on/off switch. Set all of the VAV boxes in common spaces to the coolest temperature that is still safe for your building. Unplug anything with a plug, including coffee machines, lamps, and printers.
Third, Get Your Tenants on Board to Help You
- Turn off all of their lights
- Unplug everything that can be unplugged (e.g. computers, chargers, power strips)
- Turn down the temperature in their offices
If your buildings are submetered by tenant space, you can offer the tenants that consume the least energy during the break a free bagel breakfast. Two dozen bagels will be much less expensive (and better for the environment) than a fully operating building when no one is around.
Finally, Make Sure You’re Ready When Everyone Comes Back.
If you follow these four steps you can get your mind off of your building for a few days to spend time with your family. Happy Holidays and Happy New Years from Aquicore!!