Commercial buildings getting better at using natural gas
By avoiding steep peaks in demand from new commercial buildings, utilities can plan for growth within existing infrastructure instead of making investments to get the parts in place to deliver more gas.
- New commercial buildings are getting more energy efficient, including how much natural gas they use.
- They were built with energy efficiency in mind and use more efficient appliances.
- This can help keep energy affordable by delaying the need to build new natural gas infrastructure to meet demand.
A new report by the American Gas Association has some good news for energy-efficiency enthusiasts: Commercial buildings are getting more energy efficient and using less natural gas per square foot.
In the report, the Energy Information Administration predicts that commercial floor space will increase through 2040, but the floor space will be less energy intense.
The Alliance to Save Energy credits these energy savings to three things: integrating energy efficiency into the design during construction, using more efficient appliances and equipment in the buildings, and partnering with local utilities to find energy-efficiency solutions.
This can actually help utilities manage energy costs. By avoiding steep peaks in demand from new commercial buildings, utilities can plan for growth within existing infrastructure instead of making investments to get the parts in place to deliver more gas.
Getting gas from the source to homes and business requires a vast network that we take for granted. But here’s an infographic from the American Gas Association that reminds of us how much work goes into keeping the natural gas flowing.
Thanks commercial buildings. Keep up the good work.
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