Billions of Dollars Wasted Each Year
Commercial Buildings Use Nearly 20 Percent of All-Energy Consumed in US And, given that energy costs represent as much as 30% of a typical building’s annual budget, that adds up to billions of dollars wasted each year. A portion of that energy loss comes from inefficient building design, planning or lack of maintenance—some of which can be remedied with simple upgrades such as window film.
Where Is the Money Going?
While there are a variety of factors, some of your dollars are quite literally going out the window. Its estimated that nearly 75% of existing windows are not energy efficient. According to the Department of Energy (DOE) your heating and cooling equipment is consuming approximately 5kWh/square foot. In monetary terms, this equates to roughly $2.14 per square foot. Inefficient/unprotected windows allow solar rays to penetrate the environment causing temperatures to rise. As a result the kilowatts used to cool the building increase significantly. However, optimized windows can decrease lighting and HVAC costs by up to 40%.
How to Make an Impact
Lowering the load on HVAC systems by regulating temperatures throughout the building is vital, and has a large impact on lowering energy costs. Solar window film is a major contributor to reducing HVAC energy consumption. Professional energy audits estimate that buildings retrofitted with energy-saving window films can realize annual energy savings as high as 15%. Both the DOE and Dominion Energy agree that using solar film has a significant impact on the comfort level of the office environment as well as the operating budget. Solar film blocks up to 84% of solar heat. This helps even out hot and cold spots, reducing cooling costs through improved HVAC efficiency. And that’s just the beginning of the positive effects of solar film. Learn the 8 Benefits of Commercial Window Film.