Hi, I work for a health care company and we are planning to come out with a policy that enables the company to reduce the Electricity bill drastically and also sensitise the employees on their role in reducing the cost. I need your support which will be of great help.
Thanks & Regards,
Isaiah Johnson

From India, Madras
1 Check your furnace ducts. Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the vents such as long drapes or furniture. If something is blocking the air flow, it will take much more energy to heat or cool the home to temperature.

2 Replace your incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. While you may initially have to pay out more for these bulbs, they drastically reduce your energy consumption (up to 75 percent) and they last much longer than regular bulbs.

3 Use natural lighting as much as possible. Open the curtains during the day.

4 Arrange an HVAC inspection. Anyone can hire a certified technician for an annual check that their office's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is operating at peak efficiency. Leaking ducts, for example, could reduce energy efficiency by up to 20%, says Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy. Inspections usually cost $50 to $100, but that could be offset by the energy savings over time.

5 Use Energy Star guidelines to determine how powerful a unit you need. A too-powerful unit not only wastes energy, it's also less effective at reducing humidity.

6 Keep it clean. Clean air filters monthly for central air and individual window or wall units. Dirt and dust hinder air flow, reducing efficiency.

7 Program the thermostat. Give the air conditioner a break during the work day. Shifting the settings to allow higher daytime temperatures could cut the average office's electric bill by $180 a year, according to Energy Star.

Hunt Down Heat Sources

8 Seal up the office. Cooled air can leak through cracks along window and door frames. Invest in some caulk and weather-stripping to plug up these drafts. An office thats properly insulated and sealed improves energy efficiency by up to 20% year-round, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. (Insulation materials are also eligible for the 30% energy efficiency federal tax credit, up to $1,500 for all improvements combined.)

From India, New Delhi
Dear Isaiah,
For reduction in power consumption you can only educate and sensitise the employees. Now actual reduction takes place or not will depend on your employees.
One vital statistics you could have given is what is power consumption in units per person? What is power consumption against your revenue? Are you above or below industry average?
Has your engineering department installed internal electricity meters at various locations?
If you are from healthcare industry then do you have hospital? If yes, then what is the break up of power consumption in units i.e. for patients, for various operation units and other supporting departments?
Were you able to link the consumption of electricity to that of bed occupancy?
How many lifts do you have? What is the power consumed when lift goes up and comes down?
You have to do lot of study of the power consumption then you will start getting the ideas automatically.

From India, Bangalore

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