American Services heating and cooling instillation and repair near Chesterfield knows that the heat of summer arrives, many commercial businesses start looking for ways to save money on cooling expenses.
One cost effective way to cool industrial buildings is to consider passive solar design to cool your business. Passive solar systems can really help lower cooling costs when they are designed correctly with overhangs using reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs. Consider placing thermal mass, like concrete slab floors or heat absorbing walls, close to windows for another passive cooling method that can really save on cooling costs.
Solar arrays and wind turbine systems are a couple of examples of renewable energy cost effective systems. Thinking about installing a renewable energy system at your building, like solar arrays or a wind turbine? Increasing the energy efficiency of your commercial building is a great plan if you are preparing for commercial renewable energy systems.
According to Energy.gov, “efficiency upgrades can shrink the energy load of your building by as much as 35 percent, which will allow you to maximize the proportion of clean power generated on-site at the least cost. In other words, energy efficiency gives you the most bang for your renewable energy buck.”
The Environmental Protection Agency offers the following resource sites to help businesses learn more about renewable energy products at; “EPA’s Green Power Partnership”, or “EPA Guide to Clean Energy Financing Programs”, or “Power Purchase Agreements.”
If you consider the Power Purchase Agreement program, there are actually no upfront costs because according to Energy.gov, “the end-user, don’t own the solar panels. Instead you buy solar power as a service much like you already do for grid-based energy from a utility. At the end of the month, you pay only for the solar energy produced on-site and purchase the remaining energy you need from your utility. A solar energy services firm assumes all performance and economic risks because it owns and maintains the equipment on your site.”
To learn more about renewable energy sources for your commercial building, contact us today at American Services today.