Your dealership uses lots of energy. In fact, your facility uses more energy per square foot than the typical office building. Fortunately, because of your size, anything you do to reduce your energy use will go that much further. Here are a few tips on how to save energy and lower your electricity costs.
Change to LED lighting – Your lot, your showroom, and your shop areas need plenty of light to operate, but traditional lighting like incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are needlessly inefficient. Not only do LED lights cost a fraction per year to keep on, but they also need to be replaced less often. Yes, they cost more, but this is one expense where long-term savings easily outweighs initial expense.
Upgrade your thermostats – Smart thermostats allow you to cut back on your HVAC but still keep things comfortable for employees and customers when you need them to. When you have total control over when your air conditioner or heating system is working, you will immediately see the impact on your heating and cooling costs. Even turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day will save you 10 percent a year.
Use natural light – Your showroom is mostly windows and skylights – use them to light things up. When you use daylight for lighting purposes, you can greatly reduce your energy costs. This can also make things hotter during the summer, so you might need to invest in automatic shades or an insulating film treatment.
Invest in solar power – All that roof space can be put to good use. Even a few solar panels can save you hundreds a month on energy costs.
Install motion sensors – You can save on energy costs by cutting back on lighting usage in meeting rooms, bathrooms and other rooms that are not occupied all day. Motion sensors are easy to install and are relatively inexpensive depending on where you want to use them.
Recycle and reuse car wash water – In addition to lowering water-use costs, recycling car wash water is a green initiative that will lower your sewer fees in time. This is a unique investment you can make in your dealership that shows customers that you are serious about reducing your impact on the environment.
The bottom line is your dealership can do a number of things to stop wasteful energy practices and reduce the amount of energy you use on a daily basis. But a professional eye will make sure you are getting the most savings. Call Energeia today, and we can do a complete energy audit of your dealership.