ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
program helping businesses and individuals fight global
warming through superior energy efficiency.
Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY STAR®
Tips for Building Managers
The places where we work, shop, play, and learn spend $200 billion annually on
electricity and natural gas and contribute nearly half of our nation's greenhouse gas
emissions. With help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program, you can improve the energy
efficiency of America's buildings and fight global warming. Follow these steps featured in
EPA's Building Upgrade Manual1, developed from more than a decade of experience
working with building owners and managers across the country, to get started on the
path to savings.
Give Your Building a Tune-Up
Regularly examine building equipment, systems, and maintenance procedures to make
sure your building is operating as efficiently as possible. Tune up heating equipment;
inspect ducts and windows and seal any leaks; calibrate thermostats and set them at
appropriate temperatures; insulate hot water tanks and piping throughout the building;
inspect and clean/change air filters.
Improve Lighting Systems
Lighting consumes 25-30 percent of energy in commercial buildings. Improving lighting
systems can reduce electricity consumption and improve the comfort of occupants in the
building. Compare the lighting schedule with building uses to look for opportunities to
turn lights off; replace incandescent bulbs for task lighting with ENERGY STAR qualified
compact fluorescent bulbs; use automatic controls to turn lights off or dim lights in
naturally lit spaces.
Take a Look Inside and Out
Reducing the amount of energy used by inefficient office equipment and other products
can save energy and money. Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment
whenever possible. Don't waste conditioned air—install window films and add insulation
or a reflective roof coating to save energy.
Upgrade Fan Systems
Air-handling systems move air throughout a building and therefore directly affect the
comfort of building occupants. Fan systems can be upgraded and adjusted to optimize
the delivery of air in the most energy efficient way. Properly sized fan systems add
variable speed drives, and convert to a variable-air-volume system.
Raise the Bar for Heating and Cooling Systems
Heating and cooling systems are large consumers of energy in buildings and offer great
opportunities for saving energy and increasing the comfort of building occupants. Once
you've followed the steps above and reduced the building's cooling loads, retrofit or
install energy-efficient models and upgrade boilers and other central plant systems to
energy-efficient standards.
1 http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus upgrade manual