Small and Midsize Offices
Small and midsize office buildings in the US (those under 100,000 square feet) use an average of 15 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 38 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot annually.
Retail buildings in the US use an average of 18.3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per square foot and 34,300 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually. Typically, lighting, cooling, and heating are the best targets for energy savings.
Restaurants are the most energy-intensive commercial sector, using three times more energy per square foot than most other types of commercial buildings. This article offers some great ways to save energy that can boost your bottom line.
Quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are some of the most energy-intensive buildings in the US. Refrigeration, lighting, and cooling, collectively, represent about 63% of total energy use in QSRs, making those systems the best targets for energy savings.
Municipal Government Facilities
Municipal governments oversee large and small administrative buildings, libraries, indoor and outdoor recreation centers, schools, and wastewater treatment facilities. Learn how these buildings use energy and how they can be more efficient.
Reducing energy consumption is one way to improve both the profitability and the value of any property, and there are plenty of opportunities for property managers to reduce energy consumption and improve the bottom line for their properties and clients.
Large office buildings (those over 100,000 square feet) spend nearly 29% of their operating expenses on utilities, mostly electricity and natural gas. Learn about some great short- and long-term measures that can help large office buildings save energy and boost their bottom line.
Energy intensities in buildings containing laboratories can be 3 to 8 times greater than those of a typical office building, and laboratories that include clean rooms can use up to 100 times the energy of other buildings. Learn about what you can do to save energy and money in these facilities.
Hotels and Motels
Hotels and motels don’t use as much energy as hospitals and data centers, but they do use more than educational and residential facilities. Many efficiency strategies, such as hotel room automation, offer the opportunity for cost savings and increased profitability.
Hospitals require large amounts of energy, with lots of equipment running 24/7. Much can be done to manage energy costs, cut excessive energy use, and increase your bottom line. Properly managing equipment as well as investing in specific technology can yield substantial energy savings.
Energy Management and Information Systems
Installing or upgrading a building automation system (also known as an energy management system) can save between 5% and 15% of overall building energy consumption. Learn how to reduce overall building operating costs by controlling building equipment so that it operates more efficiently.
Although economizers are designed to save energy, roughly half of all newly installed economizers don't work properly, and their problems increase as they age. Learn how you can ensure that your economizer is working properly and saving energy as expected.
Energy intensities in data centers can be up to 40 times greater than those of a typical office building. Considerable efficiency and conservation opportunities exist in most facilities to reduce the energy consumed by servers and the HVAC equipment that keeps them cool.
Congregations at houses of worship vary dramatically; so do their energy needs. Large or small, these facilities present many low- and no-cost opportunities for saving energy.
Colleges and Universities
US colleges and universities use an average of 18.9 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 17 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot (ft2) annually, and typical US higher-education buildings sized around 50,000 ft2 consume more than $100,000 worth of energy each year.
Energy comprises as much as 10 to 15 percent of an average airport's operating budget annually. Energy-efficiency measures can also cut operating costs, and some are cheap or free to implement.