Five Energy Tips for Building Owners
Friday, May 27, 2016
by: Diane Durbin, SDG&E Commercial & Industrial Services

Section: Member News

Did you know the average building wastes about a third of the energy it uses? That’s why good energy management is good business.
  1. Take SDG&E’s Business Energy Survey and see where your energy is going. It’s an online tool in My Account that identifies and prioritizes ways to save energy and money, such as updating equipment or shifting energy use to off-peak hours.
  2. Did you know that water use and energy use in buildings are linked? In most cases, electricity or gas is used to heat water, so the less hot water you use, the less energy is needed to heat the water. Install an insulation blanket on water heaters seven years of age or older, and insulate the first 3 feet of the heated water "out" pipe on both old and new units. Where electric water heating is used, under some circumstances, a heat pump water heater can cut energy consumption in half.
  3. Use the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager  to track your buildings’ energy use. You can use it to manage the energy and water use of any building. When you add your buildings, you’ll be joining 40 percent of U.S. commercial building space that’s already benchmarked in Portfolio Manager — making it the industry-leading benchmarking tool.
  4. Enable the power management function on office computers, which automatically puts monitors to sleep when not in use.
  5. Check out SDG&E's Business Energy Solutions program. New energy-efficient equipment at no cost or a discount is available to eligible business customers. Simply take a moment to complete the interest form at An authorized contractor will schedule an appointment to evaluate your facility, conduct an energy checkup at no cost, and provide a full report on potential energy-saving opportunities.
More Helpful Hints:

See how past SDG&E Energy Champions turned energy efficiency into equity!
Alexandria Real Estate (click for video)
The Irvine Group (click for video)
BioMed Realty (click for video)
  • Learn more about how Property Management companies can save energy and earn financial incentives.
  • California utilities have switched to new energy pricing based on when you use energy. Use less electricity during peak hours and you can save. Visit where you’ll be able to:
    • Explore new Whenergy plans for your business
    • Compare Whenergy Pricing options
    • Get answers to common questions
  • Also, be sure you’re signed up to receive a notification when there’s a “Reduce Your Use” day. On these days, it will be critical to reduce energy during the event hours, otherwise pay higher prices. Go to My Account and click on “alerts and subscriptions.”
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