The importance of smart energy use in commercial buildings cannot be overstated, both in terms of the environment and the bottom line, as using energy responsibly also saves building owners on utility expenses.
In celebration of National Energy Awareness Month, which the U.S. Department of Energy declares each October, and in honor of the Columbus Day holiday weekend in the United States, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) - Wisconsin has issued a list of simple ways property professionals can save energy during a long weekend. As part of its new “Power Down for Long Weekends” campaign, BOMA - Wisconsin asks building managers and owners to implement the strategies listed below before every long weekend to both conserve energy and better manage their assets.
Quick Energy Saving Tips for Long Weekends:
• Send tenants a reminder to turn off all task lighting and power down electronics when leaving for the long weekend.
• “Coast” your HVAC system during the last few hours of the day before long weekend, as many tenants leave early in advance of holidays.
• Set up a “by request only” HVAC supply for the long weekend.
• Put in place an automatic building “lights out” at 7:00pm with a tenant override mechanism.
• Turn off hot water heaters or reset hot water thermostats to the lowest possible setting while your building is unoccupied.
• Make sure your janitorial contractor knows that your office will be closed for the holiday to avoid unnecessary energy use.
About the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA International represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends. BOMA members are building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, corporate facility managers, asset managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate commercial properties. BOMA – Wisconsin was founded in 1937 and represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 25 million square feet of Wisconsin office space. More information about BOMA International and BOMA – Wisconsin can be found at www.boma.org and www.boma-wi.org.
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