Energy efficient is a vital consideration for commercial properties, determining energy costs, the comfort of your tenants, and your impact on the environment. With sustainability becoming an ever-more important concern and rising costs eating into profits, it’s a good time to focus on improving the energy efficiency of your commercial property. But where should you start?
In this article, we’ll share three ways to improve the energy efficiency of commercial properties.
- Optimise insulation
Upgrading insulation is one of the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of any building. There are several key areas you should focus on:
- Roof – Insulate the rood of your commercial building with spray foam, which offers excellent thermal resistance values, as well as impressive soundproofing properties.
- Walls – Walls let a huge amount of heat escape, especially cavity walls. Inject special insulation material for the best results, then use expanding foam to fill any cracks or holes.
- Windows – Windows are a major source of energy loss, so you should make sure you have the most efficient models your budget allows for. Invest in double- or triple-glazing, if possible, and use expanding foam to fill in crevices around the frames.
- Invest in renewable energy
Incorporating renewable energy measures in your commercial property can help make your energy usage more efficient and reduce your costs. Solar panels and air-source heat pumps are popular choices that help your property generate its own power and reduce its environmental impact.
Additionally, you can apply for government renewable energy schemes that give incentives to make your commercial property greener. Many utility companies also offer support, so it’s worth checking with your current provider before taking action.
- Implement battery energy storage systems
Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are devices that store energy generated from renewable sources in batteries. The stored energy can then be released and used to power your commercial property when it’s needed most.
BESS work best with high-quality solar panels, which tend to generate an unreliable supply of energy due to British weather patterns. But BESS overcome this disadvantage, providing a consistent supply of power by building up stores of solar energy for a rainy day. They work using intelligent software to coordinate energy flow, which uses algorithms to decide when to store or release energy. The energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries, which can hold huge amounts of energy over extended periods of time.
Typically, the system will release energy during periods when the grid is under high demand, offering your business lower energy costs, as well greater resilience and sustainability.
Which of these actions could most improve the energy efficiency of your commercial property? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.