Almost all the electricity in the world comes from mechanical energy. The process begins with heat and like it is in a steam-powered train, the heat evaporates water into steam which in turn, turns generators and turbines and you get what we see as electricity. There are alternatives, like solar panels that do not rely on the mechanical motion but convert sunlight into electricity directly. However, most systems in the world use mechanical energy.
One then wonders where exactly the heat that starts off the whole process comes from. Most plants will burn coal but a few use wood. Wood or coal, the two are non-renewable sources of energy, they are bound to end at some point; what then? Besides, as the coal is burnt, there are a lot of gaseous byproducts released into the atmosphere.
Before long, the chemical makeup of the atmosphere begins to change. Carbon (iv) oxide traps more energy on the surface of the earth and you begin to wonder why it is hot all the time- the ‘greenhouse effect’. Therefore, the next time someone tells you why you should seek to save energy, think not just of saving money for your company, but also saving the environment; slowing down the global climate change. As a big business, what practical steps can you take, for example, during your air conditioner installation, to make sure that you are not spending more electricity than you should?
Many offices are empty for about 98 hours a week. How many times are lights left on, for instance? As a rule of thumb, have your employees know to switch off lights in any spaces that are not in use. Alternatively, install motion sensors so that the system can regulate itself. During the day, if there is natural light, it is best to rely on that. Outdoor lighting may also be reduced by using timers.
Running a big business will call for the use of multiple pieces of equipment such as printers, faxes, and copiers to get the job done. In most cases, these are left running 24/7. Invest in equipment with a standby feature that will allow you to reduce energy use in your office. You may also want to consider that the equipment is switched off altogether.
Air conditioning and ventilation
Another office system that may eat up electricity is the air conditioning system. First off, during the initial air conditioner installation, have the system diagnose-tested to make sure that there are no loopholes where energy is lost. Apply general changes such as closing shades in the evenings to reduce the amount of heat from the sun or closing windows and doors to contain air conditioning.
Your water system could also cost you dollars in energy loss. Be sure that your hot water systems are installed close to outlets whenever possible to reduce the time water will take to come from the tap and to heat. You can consider installing electronic sensors to reduce water waste and insulating the pipes to reduce heat loss.
When getting refrigeration for your office needs, be sure that you get the size that is appropriate for the amount of stock you will have. You do not want to pay to keep space that is not in use cold. Keep freezers and fridges away from heat sources so that they do not interfere with the circulation of air.
How Apex Air Conditioning can help
Apex Air Conditioning understands everything about a functional air conditioning unit. Our trained professionals can not only do a proper air conditioner installation for your business but also upgrade whatever system is in place. You also get a repair and maintenance service that will ensure that you will never have to spend a cent more than you need to on energy. If you want your system optimised, or if you have other air conditioning concerns, contact Apex Air-conditioning today to learn how we can help make your big business more energy efficient.