Taking action to target the best opportunities to save energy

  1. Collecting energy data
  2. Analyzing energy data
  3. Taking action to target the best opportunities to save energy
  4. Tracking your energy saving progress
  5. Efficient occupant behaviour
  6. Daily operations and maintenance

Look for the low-cost/no-cost measures first. The easiest and least expensive energy-saving opportunities often require little or even no capital investment.

Implementing an employee or building occupant awareness program [PDF - 1.2MB] is an effective means to motivate the people who use and control the energy in your building. Once your tenants and employees understand what the energy management program is and why you are doing it, it will be a lot easier to obtain buy-in and they may be more willing to put up with changes.

Customize an awareness program for your building occupants to help them to see that they can be a part of the solution by reducing the energy consumption that they can control.

Building occupants can also make a significant impact. Another simple way to save a great deal of energy is to get your building occupants on board. Encourage them to switch off equipment at the end of each work day, take advantage of available daylight, and enable the power management settings on their computers and related equipment to ensure that they are in shut down mode when no one is using them.

Making small adjustments to building equipment schedules and operations can also have a significant impact on reducing energy use.

Heating and cooling costs are typically the biggest energy costs in Canadian buildings. In many office buildings, this demand accounts for nearly half of the energy usedFootnote 1, so you may want to consider looking for opportunities in this area first.

Here are some easy, no-cost ways to reduce the energy consumption of your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment:

  • reduce occupancy start and stops times where possible, including weekends
  • reduce the heating temperature set point
  • increase point cooling where feasible

There are of course a variety of other energy-saving retrofit opportunities which require more significant capital investments. However, the benefit to starting with no-cost efforts is that the energy cost savings from these low/no-cost measures can be used to fund more costly upgrades. Regardless of the actions you decide to take, they should be a part of your overall energy management plan.