Energy Solutions: A Guide for Offices
The Water Garden Employs Energy Efficiency
The Water Garden—the largest commercial property in Santa Monica—put demand response programs and energy-efficient equipment to work for them. It earned $46,500 in incentives and saved more than $400,000 annually on electricity costs. With Time-Of-Use rates, it’s the perfect time to learn from their energy-saving achievements and apply similar strategies to your business.
Finance Your Energy-Efficient Projects
Several office management companies have already taken advantage of energy-efficient equipment. To help your business receive these same cost-efficient benefits, we offer low-interest financing for qualified energy-efficient projects.Finance Your Energy-Efficient Projects Learn More
Energy-Efficient Solutions and Tips for Offices
Here are just a few of the energy-efficient programs and suggestions that our customers have employed to increase their cost efficiency. You’ll also find more energy-efficient solutions in our Large Retailers Fact Sheet and Small Retailers Fact Sheet, and a complete list of all our qualifying energy-efficiency incentives and demand response programs in our Solutions Directory.
Lighting and Lighting Controls
Help improve your energy efficiency by better managing your lighting costs.
- Install inexpensive occupancy sensors that turn lights off in unoccupied offices
- Use LED bulbs and LED exit signs
- Install dimmable ballasts to lower energy use in fluorescent lamps
Lighting and Lighting Controls
Your business may already qualify for incentives that could put these energy-saving upgrades into effect.
Maximize your energy saving by effectively managing your air-conditioning systems.
- Install programmable thermostats
- Install window film and blinds to keep the heat out
- Switch to LED bulbs and decrease the amount of office heat and A/C energy use
- Sign up for HVAC Maintenance
- Install sensory controllers on vending machines or shut them down for a short period
There are many more energy-efficient solutions for your business.
Purchase office equipment that more effectively manages your energy use.
- Upgrade to high-efficiency office equipment, including laptops, which use less than a third of the energy of a desktop
- Install load-sensing or occupancy-sensing plug strips to make it easier for your staff to power down
- Install water-conserving toilets and faucets in bathrooms
- Replace older, less water-efficient equipment
- Install new, water-efficient commercial equipment to minimize water demand
- Change process water system to reuse processed wastewater
Your business can benefit from even more energy-efficient equipment options.
Demand Response Programs (DR)
With these programs, receive bill credits for temporarily reducing energy use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. Choose the ones that best fit your operational needs.
Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR)
Receive energy savings by using smart technology that effortlessly and temporarily reduces the amount of energy your business uses (known as “load reduction”) during a DR event. With Auto-DR, load reduction is automatic and reliable, so it’s easier to participate in DR programs to capitalize on program earnings and help lower your energy costs.
- Install equipment that automates electrical load reduction during demand response events and receive Automated Demand Response Technology incentives
No-Cost, Do-It-Yourself Tips
Here are some immediate ways to significantly reduce your business energy use.
- Enable lower power mode setting for computers, monitors, and imaging equipment
- Turn off unnecessary indoor lighting, signs, window displays, and office equipment
- Engage staff; make sure they understand why, when, and how to power down
- Encourage staff to minimize printing to reduce energy
- Pre-cool work areas, then cycle ventilation and A/C units
- Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment prior to TOU On-Peak hours, then disconnect battery charges and use only pre-charged equipment during TOU On-Peak hours
- Make comprehensive changes to processes to reduce water consumption