How to reduce the energy consumption of buildings?

As a business owner, are you looking to reduce your building’s energy consumption in order to lower your energy costs? Do you want to improve the energy efficiency of your buildings to help preserve the environment? What action should you take to make a building less energy-consuming and efficient in terms of energy spending?

Diagnose buildings

This is the first step in the implementation of an approach to reduce energy consumption. But how do you diagnose buildings? Several solutions are available to you. You can perform a diagnosis of energy performance (dpe), or an energy audit. Both allow you to evaluate the energy consumption of your building (and its costs) in relation to your business activity and to identify ways to reduce energy consumption related to building equipment.

The DPE itself classifies your premises according to their energy situation. It is linked to information on the building’s weaknesses, obtained from measurements carried out in the field. This diagnosis therefore develops improvement paths to increase your energy performance and initiate a process to reduce consumption and then make the energy transition in accordance with current requirements.

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Realize insulation renovations

Among the effective recommendations made by the energy performance diagnosis or the energy audit report, renovation jobs, particularly insulation or improvements to the heating system, are almost systematically recommended. However, it is not essential in all types of buildings. Some can significantly reduce their energy consumption by installing a solution for measuring and analyzing energy data.

Performing a job with the aim of providing it with better thermal insulation also makes it possible to optimize the use of air conditioning, ventilation and heating, energy sources that are very harmful to the environment. Good insulation reduces the risk of energy loss and therefore overuse.

In summary, thermal insulation reduces heat exchange between the inside and outside. This reduces your final energy consumption in both summer and winter.

Preferring renewable energies

Renewable energies are in significant progress. They are becoming a new and increasingly common reference in the thermal choices of companies. Among solar, wind or hydraulic energy as well as geothermal energy, you could considerably reduce the expenses of your buildings. However, you will need to have a good level of insulation and to have adopted good practices to reduce energy consumption in order to take full advantage of renewable energies.

Reusing existing energy to cover its consumption is an answer to the current climate challenges. It is in the interest of the companies involved to take an initiative to improve their energy efficiency.

Choosing low-energy lighting

Lighting is not the only source of energy expenses for companies. But it is common to every sector of activity. Like gas, electricity is an energy source that requires a large amount of reserves to be produced. To reduce the electricity consumption of your buildings, it is therefore strongly advised to opt for a lighting system that consumes little. Low-energy light bulbs, especially leds, are ideal to reduce your electrical energy consumption.

Ideally, you will be able to install a lighting control solution for your buildings, in order to control your electricity consumption. Other solutions, such as the installation of presence detectors, will allow you to reach your energy saving targets.