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11 Surprising Ways that Your Building Wastes Energy
February 01, 2008

By Staff
Appeared in Buildings.com

The T5 lamps and energy-efficient HVAC systems are in place, and the building-automation system is up and running. Now you can just sit back and watch the energy bills plummet ... right? Not so fast. If you really want to get serious about saving energy, there's still more you can do.  

The most obvious energy issues in your buildings - the ones having to do with efficient, effective operation of building systems - have probably been noted (and addressed). But, we're betting that the 11 items mentioned in this article are things you've never realized could make such a big dent in your energy management program.

1: LEAVING ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCES TURNED ON 

2: DIRTY FILTERS

3: DRIPPING FAUCETS

4: UNNECESSARY VENDING-MACHINE COOLING AND LIGHTING 

5: CLEANING AT NIGHT 

6: DIRTY WINDOWS AND SKYLIGHTS 

7: NOT OPTIMIZING EQUIPMENT START-UP TIME AND SEQUENCING

8: THERMOSTATS MOUNTED IN THE WRONG LOCATIONS

9: EXHAUST FANS THAT RUN ALL THE TIME 

10: COVERING UP VENTS, GRILLES, ETC.

11: INCANDESCENT EXIT SIGNS

Read the full article with explanations on how the listed items affect your energy efficiency and how to improve in these areas on Buildings.com.

Leah B. Garris (leah.garris@buildings.com) is senior associate editor at Buildings magazine.