Six Easy Steps to Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings
BLOOMINGTON, IN — A 2009 study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that nearly half of all the energy consumed in the United States was used in commercial and industrial facilities.
Additionally, the EIA reports that offices and office buildings are responsible for almost 20 percent of all the energy used in the United States.*
However, according to Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC, a cloud-based system that tracks, measures, and monitors sustainability across an array of indicators, "there are several steps facility owners/managers can take to help cut energy usage, which also helps reduce building operating costs."
Among the steps Ashkin suggests are the following:
"And be sure and celebrate successes," says Ashkin. "When energy usage and costs are reduced, this information should be celebrated and communicated to all staff. This helps motivate everyone to continue [to] build on their accomplishments."
*Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, "How We Use Energy," May 2011; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "WaterSense-Benefits of Water Efficiency," April 2011
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