Sustainability Sub-Committee of the Economic Development Committee

Mission Statement: To establish and recommend environmental health and sustainability best practices for the Chamber and its members

Sustainability Information

Basic
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room
    • Turning off a light that isn’t needed is a 100% energy savings!
  • Replace lights with LEDs
    • Every watt saved is about $1 per year and paybacks of 2 years, or less, are common
    • Avoid integrated fixtures + lamps, otherwise an electrician will need to change your light bulbs
    • 5000K/daylight/blue color is good for outside and industrial environments
    • 4000K/cool/soft white/white color is good for office environments
    • 3000K/warm/yellow color is good for home environments
    • Life should be 25,000+ hours for the home and 50,000+ hours for commercial and industrial
  • For thermostats below 75 degrees, increase them by 1 degree immediately
    • Increase 1 degree every 3-6 months until at least 75 degrees is reached
    • EnergyStar recommends 78 degrees as the occupied setting, but let’s be realistic…that’s warm for most people and especially warm in an office environment
  • Replace old thermostats with programmable versions
    • The Nest is great, but programmable functionality is available for $20
    • Set unoccupied times 4-5 degrees warmer than occupied times
  • Pay for a professional HVAC company to service the system annually
    • Cleaning heat exchanger coils extends the life of the system, maintains proper energy use and promotes better air quality
Advanced
  • Lighting controllers and sensors are great, but use them deliberately and never forget the most sustainable option is a regular ON/OFF switch
    • Use a controller to automatically turn lights ON/OFF when a defined timing schedule is needed
    • Use daylight sensors when lights must always be on at night
    • Use motion sensors in spaces that transition from occupied to unoccupied frequently and the lights must be on during occupied times
  • Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)
    • Savings for a typical office building can easily be several thousand dollars per year
    • An ERV is a heat exchanger that uses exhausted air to pre-heat/cool incoming fresh air
    • For homes, an ERV is not needed as they normally do not have fresh air intakes
    • For offices spaces and ERV should be incorporated into the system and it may be quite simple if the exhaust and fresh air intakes are in close proximity
Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Procurement: Energy Audits
  • To identify further opportunities to reduce energy consumption and costs, existing building owners and operators may consider conducting an energy audit. This entails gathering energy consumption data for the entire building so that facilities teams can identify no-cost and low-cost energy conservation measures to improve overall energy performance.
    • ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits defines best practices and provides guidance on preparing, conducting, and documenting an ASHRAE Level 1 energy audit. An ASHRAE “Level 1” audit may be performed by in-house staff or by a third-party auditor.
    • The ASHRAE procedures and forms are standardized for use in a variety of building types but can be tailored to suit particular projects. The procedures help Identify no- and low-cost improvement opportunities that will improve operations and save energy.
  • Regularly recording any changes in systems, operation, and usage ensures that knowledge can be easily passed from operator to operator and is also available to support future upgrades, audits, or commissioning activities.
Renewable Energy Procurement
  • Green Power Partnership: A voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
General Resources – Implementing Sustainability in your Business: