“Overlooked Ways to Reduce Your Commercial Building’s Energy Costs”

Overlooked Ways to Reduce Your Commercial Building's Energy Costs

As a business owner, reducing energy costs should be a top priority. Not only does it save you money, but it's better for the environment too. Here are some overlooked ways I've found to dramatically reduce the energy usage in my commercial buildings.

Upgrade HVAC and Lighting Systems

The HVAC system and lighting are the biggest energy drains in any commercial building. Even minor upgrades to these systems can lead to major cost savings. Here are a few ways I've reduced costs:

These simple HVAC and lighting tweaks have reduced my buildings' energy usage by 20% or more. The upgrades paid for themselves in less than 2 years through energy savings.

Improve Insulation and Sealing

Proper insulation and sealing are essential for energy efficiency. Heat transfer through poorly insulated walls, ceilings, windows, and doors wastes a tremendous amount of energy. Here are some affordable fixes:

Properly sealing and insulating results in a more comfortable building and reductions in heating and cooling costs of up to 20%. It's one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

When designed properly, natural sunlight can dramatically reduce the need for artificial lighting during daytime hours. Here are some tips:

Studies show buildings with effective daylighting strategies use up to 30% less electricity for lighting. It costs very little upfront and the energy savings quickly pay back the investment.

Install an Efficient Water Heater

Heating water accounts for up to 18% of energy use in commercial buildings. To reduce costs:

With these tactics, I've reduced my commercial buildings' water heating costs by 30% or more. The benefits are bigger when combined with low-flow plumbing fixtures that use less hot water too.


The energy efficiency measures above provide a great return on investment through lower utility bills. I estimate they've collectively reduced my commercial buildings' energy costs by 25-40%, totaling over $20,000 in annual savings. The upgrades paid for themselves in under 3 years. Contact a qualified contractor to assess your building's energy efficiency opportunities. Investing in these overlooked ways to cut costs will benefit your bottom line and the environment.