Most of the electricity used in the United States is generated by burning coal and other fossil fuels, which produces poisonous greenhouse gas emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electricity production generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 32% of emissions in 2012. With commercial buildings using almost 20% of the electricity generated in the U.S., revelations that as much as 30% of the energy these buildings use is simply wasted are more than troubling; they are a galvanizing call to action. The importance of energy efficiency in commercial buildings in Fort Lauderdale has grown in recent years, fueled by studies showing the damaging effects of greenhouse gases on our climate, our air quality, and the health of our planet and ourselves.
Improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings does more than reduce greenhouse emissions; it also slows the depletion of natural resources, creates a safer, healthier build environment, and reduces operational costs. The most effective way of improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings is with energy management solution. In a typical commercial building, 30% to 40% of the building is unoccupied at any given time. Without an energy management solution in place, the lighting, heating, and cooling systems in those areas remain on whether occupants are present or not, wasting energy and driving up costs.
Advanced Control can create an energy management solution that is customized to meet the specific needs of your commercial building. At the heart of your customized solution, we will install a powerful building automation system that will integrate all the various electrical, mechanical, and security systems in your building into a single cohesive unit. Once integrated, the various building systems will share information, applying it to create a responsive system that turns systems on and off as needed. The responsive nature of Advanced Control’s energy management solutions allow them to improve commercial buildings’ energy efficiency, reducing the buildings’ environmental footprint while lessening the ongoing expenses owners face through two main systems:
- Temperature Control – With Advanced Control’s industry-leading temperature control technology, designated schedules are employed to lower energy usage. You set the schedule, by time of day, week, etc., and the HVAC system turns on or off accordingly, maintaining the set temperature point you desire.
- Lighting Control – When used correctly, lighting control can reduce energy usage in commercial buildings by as much as 25%. Advanced Control’s energy management solutions employ time and zone controls to turn off lights in unoccupied sections of the building according to specified schedules. For a more responsive system, occupancy sensors can register when occupants enter and leave building sections, prompting lighting control to turn the lights on and off accordingly.
Now that you have a better understanding of the importance of energy efficiency in commercial buildings, are you ready to have Advanced Control Corporation create a customized energy management solution for your facility? As the leader in building automation in South Florida, Advanced Control Corporation has improved the energy efficiency and reduced the operating costs of thousands of commercial buildings through efficient energy management solutions that incorporate temperature control, lighting control, access control, and more. Our knowledgeable energy experts will implement a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help you every step of the way.
Contact Advanced Control today at 954-491-6660 and let our experts create an energy management solution that will improve your commercial building’s energy efficiency by as much as 30%!