Improving the energy efficiency of your organisation’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), hot water and boilers can result in total energy savings of well over 50%.
Heating and hot water can account for 60% of your total energy use. By ensuring that efficient heating systems are specified, operated and maintained the potential savings can be substantial.
Good ventilation is essential – it gives you fresh air and also helps protect a building against damp and condensation. Unnecessary ventilation can waste energy and cost you a lot of money. For example, ventilation accounts for around 30% of heat loss in most commercial buildings (an estimated 25% in industrial buildings).
Air conditioning can use a huge amount of energy. In fact, air conditioning can increase a building’s energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by up to 100%.
Even though air conditioning can use lots of energy, lots of organisations choose to use it – not least because of the extra heat generated by increasing use of IT equipment.
Luckily, there are some simple, low-cost ways to save energy and make your air conditioning system more efficient.