Federal Buildings Initiative

Federal Buildings Initiative

Here are some tips that will help you save money, improve air quality and protect our environment.

Use your air conditioner sparingly. Open the window or fresh air vents to cool your vehicle and park in the shade if you can. Using your air conditioner in stop-and-go traffic can increase fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent.
Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, and buy a new more efficient water heater.
Look for sources of air leakage in your house. Outdoor air leakage can comprise up to 30 per cent of the overall heating and cooling load, so cutting down on air leakage offers significant savings for a job that requires little in the way of costs. Common products like weather stripping can be used to plug leaks from cracks and holes at locations like door frames, windows, and attic access hatches.
Properly placed trees and shrubs help to reduce your utility bills. Deciduous trees planted on the west and south sides of your home help to keep your house shaded during the day's peak heating times.

We would like to hear from you about your efforts that have helped to make the workplace more energy efficient. Please contact the Federal Buildings Initiative.