WASHINGTON, D.C. — A highly competitive business environment, coupled with roiling oil and natural gas prices, demands that building and business decision-makers achieve the lowest possible energy costs. Energy services cost commercial businesses about $100 billion a year, an average of about $1.50 per square foot of commercial floor space. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has launched an "Online Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment" to help businesses invest wisely to control costs by reducing consumption through efficiency, and to protect the environment while doing so.
"By cataloging the continuous wave of new equipment aimed at making commercial buildings more efficient," said Harvey Sachs, ACEEE's Buildings Program Director, "we developed an online resource that can stay abreast of all of the new developments coming to market." He added, "We plan to update the information periodically and to provide other enhancements in order to make life easier for commercial equipment decision-makers who are overloaded with information and competing claims about performance."
The "Online Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment" addresses critical needs in three areas common to commercial buildings: lighting; heating, air conditioning, and ventilating systems; and energy-efficient motors.
In addition, office equipment, packaged refrigeration, ice-makers, and even distribution transformers are available that work reliably while saving money. All are included in the "Online Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment," which can be viewed at http://aceee.org/buildings/coml_equp/index.htm.