One of the largest expenses for a community building is the running of the building through energy and utility costs. Practicing and being mindful of energy efficiency can significantly reduce costs and produce savings.
There are many techniques that can improve energy efficiency of buildings. Installing loft insulation, draught proofing windows and doors and installing energy efficient light bulbs are all ‘quick wins’ when it comes to saving energy and have a short payback time from investment. Improving wall, floor, and roof insulation is an excellent action to take but can be a bit more of an investment.
Looking at electricity use is also a great way to achieve savings, ensuring that appliances lights and other electricals are only switched on when required can reduce energy waste. The same can also be done for gas by ensuring heating is not left on overnight and is turned off when it is not required.
A great idea would be to involve your community members when you begin your journey into energy efficiency. This well help the whole community learn energy saving skills that can then be used in their own homes, further reducing the carbon footprint for the whole community.