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Buildings and Energy Use

Adopting energy-efficient systems can significantly curb the environmental impact of your facility, lowering its carbon emissions and resource consumption.

Strategies and Practices

Getting Started

  • Control computer power-management settings facility-wide
  • Reduce heating and cooling requirements in areas that are not being used (cafeterias, educational area, office space)
  • Optimize lighting requirements based on usage and install controls with timers and motion sensors
  • Provide power strips in easy-to-access locations to facilitate equipment shutdown
  • Weather-strip/caulk windows or doors where drafts can be felt
  • Pre-cool spaces to reduce peak demand charges
  • Install low-flow faucets, toilets and shower heads

Long Term Strategies

  • Add continuous roof insulation
  • Install low solar grain window films
  • Begin a comprehensive water management program
  • As contracts are being renewed, pursue purchase power agreements (PPAs): long-term renewable energy contracts
  • Reduce facility energy use through efficiency and design initiatives. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications specify actions for new and existing buildings.
  • As equipment is needed, purchase equipment with favorable ENERGY STAR or similar efficiency ratings
  • Use drought-resistant plants to minimize water use and harvest rainwater
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