Becoming Energy Efficient is the First Step to Going Green
Let DC Contracting Work With You To Become More Efficient:
Assess the Energy Performance of Your Hotels. Using EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale, we will help you to evaluate the efficiency of your property relative to similar properties nationwide.
Set Energy Performance Goals. We help you set meaningful, achievable goals for new and existing properties.
Create and Implement an Action Plan. DC Contracting can identify projects, prioritize opportunities, and establish energy efficiency plans. Our recommendations begin with no-and low-cost improvements, and also take advantage of capital investments and longer-term strategies that make financial sense.
Calculate Financial Value. To quantify and communicate the value of energy efficiency, we compute the potential financial impact of energy performance improvements using EPA’s Financial Value Calculator and Building Upgrade Value Calculator.
Evaluate Your Progress. Once a project is underway, we will work with you to track energy use and financial savings, and compare improved energy performance against your goals through the ENERGY STAR energy performance scale.
We partner with our clients to improve their bottom line, and leave less of an environmental footprint. We strive to earn your business by keeping our company motto of “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan”.
You can reduce your operating costs, increase your properties asset value, and meet the demands of tenants for environmentally responsible housing options by making your multifamily housing properties more energy-efficient.
Interesting Energy Facts
A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more water than the average person uses in two weeks.
Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30% of the cold air can escape.
U.S. energy consumption could be cut by 11% by 2020 through simple building efficiency measures such as more efficient lighting, water heating, and appliances.
If every U.S. home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy efficient light bulb, the amount of energy saved could light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.
More than 285,000,000 new computers will be sold this year. The manufacturing of these machines will require 25 million tons of fossil fuels – more than the whole state of Iowa consumes in 1 year!
Approximately 30% of energy used in buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily.
In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. The average desktop computer idles at 80 watts, while the average laptop idles at 20 watts. Idle power consumes more electricity than all the solar panels in America combined.
The average home in the U.S. uses about 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity per month – or the equivalent to: 79 gallons of gas, 18 trees or 29 barbecue grill propane cylinders.
The most efficient appliance in your kitchen is your microwave, which uses just 1/3 of the wattage of most ovens.
A compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) used 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb.
The television sets in the U.S. collectively draw the power equivalent of a Chernobyl-sized nuclear plant when they are turned OFF! They use this power for their instant-on capacity, so we don’t have to wait a minute or two for our screens to warm up.
The U.S. houses 5% of the world’s population, but uses 23% of the world’s energy
No-cost Energy saving options
Adjust thermostats when space is unoccupied.
Turn off lights when rooms are not occupied.
Take advantage of winter daylight by leaving window blinds open.
Disconnect unnecessary or unused equipment.
Install programmable thermostats.
Install occupancy sensors in conference rooms or other areas not continuously occupied.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
Install awnings, window shades, or window films to keep out the summer sun and lower air-conditioning costs.
Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.
Fix leaky faucets and toilets to conserve water.
Turn off all lights when not in use or when natural daylight is sufficient. This can reduce lighting expenses by 10 to 40 percent.
Maximize daylighting because sunlight is always free.
Open or close blinds to make the best use of natural daylight
Take advantage of skylights or natural daylight sources to reduce lighting costs during daylight hours.
Use task lighting whenever feasible.
Implement a regular lighting maintenance program.
Heating and cooling Tips
Set back the thermostat in the evenings and other times when the building isn’t occupied.
Regularly change or clean HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating season. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment, and result in lower indoor air quality.
Adjust thermostats for seasonal changes.
Use shades and blinds to control direct sun through windows in both summer and winter to prevent or encourage heat gain. Control direct sun through windows depending on the season and local climate. During cooling season, block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the east and especially west sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as "solar screens," "solar films," awnings, and vegetation can help. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air. Interior curtains or drapes can help, but it's best to prevent the summer heat from getting past the glass and inside. During heating season, with the sun low in the south, unobstructed southern windows can contribute solar heat gain during the day.
Calibrate thermostats to ensure that their ambient temperature readings are correct.
Make sure that areas in front of vents are clear of furniture and paper. As much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked.
Shorten the preventive maintenance intervals for replacing air handler filters. These keep air clean and prevent equipment from working harder to force air through dirty filters.
Clean the evaporator and condenser coils on heat pumps, air-conditioners, or chillers. Dirty coils inhibit heat transfer; keeping coils clean saves energy.
Repair leaks and adjust pressure in compressed air systems.
Enable the power management function on office computers, which automatically puts monitors to sleep when not in use.
Turn off printers, copiers, and fax machines when they’re not in use. A copier left on all day and night costs more than $150 annually.
Install vending machine misers to reduce annual operating costs by $300 per year.
Repair steam trap leaks; replace malfunctioning steam traps.
Repair damaged insulation and replace missing insulation with thicknesses calculated for the operating and ambient conditions of the mechanical system.
Keep exterior doors closed while running your HVAC. It sounds simple, but it will help avoid wasteful loss of heated or cooled air!
Energy use in commercial and industrial facilities
Combined number of commercial buildings and industrial facilities in the
United States: nearly 6 million
Number of U.S. commercial buildings: 5.6 million
Number of U.S. industrial facilities: 346,000
Combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial Facilities: $400 billion
Portion of energy in buildings used inefficiently or unnecessarily: 30 percent
Combined percentage of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions generated by commercial buildings and Industrial facilities: 45 percent
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions generated by commercial buildings: 16 percent
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions generated by industrial facilities: 27 percent
If the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10 percent, the collected savings would be: $40 billion
Amount of greenhouse gas emissions prevented: equal to the emissions from about 49 million vehicles – or about 19 percent of all registered highway vehicles in the United States.