When the cooler fall weather arrives we turn the air conditioner off at our house. I always breathe easier when cut off the AC and save on my energy bill.
At work, we don’t air condition the production areas. We do have extra fans for cooling. I don’t just mean the small propeller fans at the production lines. We have bigger fans that push warm air out the roof. Other roof fans bring in extra outdoor air for the summer.
When the outdoor temperature goes down the first thing that should be done is to shut off the Ceiling Exhaust Fans and Fresh Air Supply fans. Just like at home shutting the cooling fans off saves electricty.
Taking the next step at my house means shutting all the doors and windows. Here at work that should be the next step too. Closing the doors stops cold air from getting in at floor level where folks work.
The windows are in the roof areas and when they are open they let the warm air escape. Closing windows works just like closing the windows at home. They keep the warmth inside so we can enjoy it.
We use a tremendous amount of electricity at work when we are making parts for our customers. At least 80% of all the power used for motors and lights ends up as heat inside the building. By holding the heat in and by blocking the entry of cold air we can keep the building comfortable during the cool fall weather.
When I get up and it is cool outside, I try to remember to put socks on both of my feet. Some autumn days I even take a jacket or sweatshirt to work. Many people have gotten into the habit of only wearing one or two layers of clothes. Folks used to wear sweaters or a vest more than they do now. One additional layer of clothing can make a big difference in comfort when the weather outside is cold.
At home I try to delay turning the furnace on as long as I can by keeping the doors and windows closed. We can delay buying energy for the heaters at work the same way. We save energy by delaying the start of the heating season.
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