Saving money on heating and cooling is awesome. What’s not awesome? Reducing those energy costs while sweltering or shivering. Rather than sacrificing the comfort of your building occupants, take advantage of simple control methods that’ll drop your bill without dropping the mercury.
Setpoint Scheduling: As the maker of a smart industrial thermostat, we’d be remiss if our lead tip wasn’t about scheduling. Automatically adjusting the setpoint can cut expenses in a big way, so go ahead and program your thermostat to automatically adjust during non-working hours. If you really want to go the extra mile, reduce your heating or cooling efforts in advance of the “unoccupied” period. After all, it can take hours for the temperature to meaningfully change in larger spaces!
Sense the Savings: If your occupied hours are irregular or unpredictable, an occupancy or motion sensor may be the way to go. After all, there’s no sense in heating or cooling an unoccupied space.
Tap Mother Nature: Using an economizer to pull in fresh, cooler air in the summer can save up to 20% on air conditioning expenses. If you don’t have a system which automatically exchanges air based on environmental conditions, you can always open a window or bay door during the morning or evening hours when temperatures are cooler.
The Need for (Less) Speed: If you have a variable speed drive powering your supply, return and exhaust fans, reduce the speed. Setting the fan at 80% of its maximum power can reduce its power consumption by 50%.
So there you have it, folks. These simple control hacks can add up to serious savings. And excuse our bias, but we think tip #1 (and an ENASTAT smart thermostat) is a great place to start!