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Commercial Energy Efficiency



Depending on the type of business you operate, lighting accounts for 20% to 50% of electricity consumption.  This means that significant cost savings can be achieved with energy efficiency improvements, and due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades (Source U.S. Small Business Administration).

Sustainable Services offers a wide variety of energy efficiency lighting services whether you want to trim your office lighting, make the warehouse brighter, or update your hold, inefficient lighting.  Our services work to make your business energy efficient, and certain facilities can upgrade without having to completely replace their fixtures.  Most fluorescent fixtures have retrofit options that increase light levels and reduce wattage, which means more energy and dollar savings for less cost!

Insulation & Duct Sealing

Often duct systems and insulation levels go unnoticed since they are hidden beneath your feet and over your head, but these components of your business could be wasting a lot of your energy dollars.  In terms of energy efficiency, properly insulating your building is one fo the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste and make the most of your energy dollars.  Also a duct system that is properly sealed increases comfort for employees and customers, improves indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating throughout your air, minimizes the risk of back drafting, saves you money, and protects the environment


Professional weatherization is a proven means for significant energy savings.  Properly air sealing cracks and openings in your facility can reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment.  Having your building sealed and properly ventilated reduces dust, dirt, and excess humidity.  Additional savings can also be found in the reduced run time of your HVAC systems which helps extend equipment life and cut replacement costs.  Sustainable Services will work to reduce air infiltration, which will instantly save your money on utility bills.

Solar Screens

Solar screens through Sustainable Services are a very cost-effective measure that helps block up to 90% of the sun’s rays while cutting utility costs up to 30%.  Besides the obvious benefit of being energy efficient, they also provide added insulation for your windows, lower indoor temperatures, daytime privacy, and good ventilation.  Solar screens are aesthetically pleasing and come in a variety of styles and colors to suit your building preferences.  Remember, replacing all of your windows in your business is not the only energy efficiency measure’ combined with weatherization, solar screens can be a much more cost-effective and better-performing alternative.

How Energy Efficiency Brings Value To Your Business

  1. Reduces long-term operational costs
  2. Takes advantages of utility and government incentives to offset project costs
  3. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions

It All Starts here

Our services begin with a fully customized energy audit and assessment of your business.  Our certified auditor will review your business’s operating habits and patterns and will inspect anything in the building that consumes power – lighting, air conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment, controls, and water consuming equipment.

With testing and the gathered information, your audit will generate a report outlining ways to reduce energy usage and costs within your business, as well as the potential savings each energy efficient measure provides an the cost associated with implementing them.

Commercial Primary Energy End-Use Splits, 2005


How energy is used in a commercial building has a large effect on energy efficiency strategies.  The  most important energy end-use across the stock of commercial buildings is lighting, accounting for fully one-quarter of total primary energy use.  Heating and cooling are next in importance, each about one-seventh of the total.  “Other” uses is a catch-all category including medical equipment, service station equipment, ATM machines, and telecommunications equipment.