Whether you are interested in evaluating your own home or a large business that owns multiple buildings, understanding how you use energy is vital to saving money year-round. Heating and cooling costs, lighting costs and several other factors all contribute to high bills and less efficient homes and offices. When you flip a light switch in the living room or turn on a computer in your office, you use energy.
Conserving energy and electricity goes beyond turning off the lights when you leave a room. Often homes and businesses use more energy than their owners realize.
Poor insulation or thin windows cause greater changes in indoor temperatures and forces air conditioning units to work overtime to cool the room down. By investing in an energy-efficient building â often called a “green” building due to its environmentally friendly nature â the owner can create a comfortable atmosphere that works to conserves energy instead of wasting it.
One way to learn if your buildings meet the standards for energy efficiency is to use the NABERS rating. Short for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, this system rates a building on its overall environmental performance. This includes not only energy consumption, but water usage and waste management. A NABERS assessment will evaluate a building, assign a score and let the owner know what categories it succeeds in and where it needs improvement. The relatively small amount of time and money it takes to assess and improve a building pays off in terms of more efficient buildings and lower power costs. While large buildings may take several years to finish all the recommended improvements, starting with the most costly area and working up from there will show instant results and save money. This money can then be used for future improvements. All it takes is an understanding of energy consumption.