ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2014

GIVE YOUR BUILDING AN ENERGY TUNE-UP!

SEDAC annually offers these energy tips for building operators to encourage periodic maintenance that can improve energy efficiency and reduce costs:

Lighting and Supplemental Loads:

  • Follow a strategic lighting maintenance plan of scheduled group relamping and fixture cleaning
  • Measure and ensure proper light levels
  • Calibrate lighting controls

Building Envelope: Tighten the building to reduce air infiltration by locating and sealing all air leaks in the windows, doors, walls, and roofs.

Controls: Calibrate the indoor and outdoor building sensors. Calibration of room thermostats, duct thermostats, humidistats, as well as pressure and temperature sensors should be in accordance with original design specifications. Calibrating these controls may require specialized skills or equipment, such as computer software.

Heat Exchange Equipment: Clean the air side of heating and cooling coils - either within an air handler or a rooftop unit - to reduce deposit buildup. Replace filters on a regular basis.

Heating and Cooling System:

  • Conduct a boiler tune-up and steam trap maintenance
  • Maintain cooling towers
  • Clean air cooled condenser coils
  • Replace refrigerant filters as needed

If you have questions about how energy efficiency can help your business or public sector operation, please contact us on our secure web form; via e-mail at info@sedac.org; or at the Illinois Energy Now hotline: 1-800-214-7954