Helpful Tips

Professional Organizations

These organizations can provide important and helpful information.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

US Green Building Council West Michigan

Building Owners and Managers Association

Michigan Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth, Energy Office

Energy Efficient & Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Energy Star Programs

The United States Environmental Protection Agency

Did You Know?

  • Office personnel are 18% less productive if the temperature is 8 degrees F too high or low?
  • Those little personal electric heaters around the office can cost $20.00 each week to operate?
  • Dirty coils, filters, and slipping belts on your HVAC equipment costs you on average of $86.00 per week?
  • Gas and electric energy costs are 25% higher today than they were just 5 years ago?

Source US Dept. of Energy

Energy Saving Tips

  • Install programmable thermostats and set them to turn heating or air conditioning on 30 minutes before people arrive and off 30 minutes before they leave. Adjust operating times to reflect your actual usage.
  • Calibrate thermostats. Periodically walk through the building and compare the thermostat setting with a handheld digital thermometer (preferably one measuring to 2 decimal places). Ensure thermostat settings equal the actual space temperature.
  • Adjust dampers to bring in the least amount of outside air necessary to maintain proper air quality. Reduce outside air requirements by adjusting dampers to minimize the need to condition outside air but be sure to stay within code requirements.
  • Do not place heat-generating equipment near your thermostat. This can cause the air conditioning to run longer than necessary.
  • Have your heating and cooling equipment regularly serviced to maintain system efficiencies at optimum levels.