Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Night Watch: Are Energy "Vampires" Running Rampant in Your Property at Night? When Was the Last Time You Walked Your Property at Night?

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Night Watch: Are Energy "Vampires" Running Rampant in Your Property at Night? When Was the Last Time You Walked Your Property at Night?

Article excerpt

Visiting your building to look for unnecessary utility and equipment use during nighttime hours can save hundreds--even thousands of dollars per year. I promise: your building is using energy you don't know about. It's easier to notice these things after hours when fewer people are around and most equipment is turned off. Office properties have the greatest opportunity to reduce costs, but all property types can turn oft unneeded lighting and equipment.

A modest-sized building can save $30,000 to $50,000 per year just from implementing the following small changes.

LIGHTING:

Did the cleaning crew or your tenants leave the lights on? Check closets, maintenance areas and other less-used spaces, to ensure lights are turned off. Leaving one 60W bulb on can cost more than $60 per year.

PLUG LOAD:

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Identify equipment that can operate with no one around, including computers, printers and copiers. A small coffeemaker, for instance, can use 1300W or more when left on--even when not in use--and making sure it's turned off at night can save around $850 per year (even more in high-cost, kilowatt-hour areas).

SET POINTS:

Set temperatures to no less than 80 F in cooling season and no more than 60 F in heating season. …

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