Saving energy can significantly support office buildings in improving their bottom line. With many buildings across the country now reaching the age where simple upgrades to new, more efficient heating and cooling systems can significantly lower operating costs, an important consideration when cents per square foot can "make or break" a lease renewal deal.
Consider natural gas heat pumps, dehumidifiers and backup generators when searching for energy-efficient solutions for office buildings and office spaces.
Below are equipment suggestions:
Natural Gas Heat Pumps
Gas heat pumps provide heating or cooling with a single piece of equipment. When used in moderate outdoor temperatures, heat pumps offer significant operating cost savings and can be less expensive to operate than electric heat pumps in many applications.
Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air eliminating the need to set thermostats to uncomfortably low temperatures on humid days and natural gas backup generators provide electricity in the inconvenient event of power failure.
Determine your gas requirementDetermining your facility’s natural gas requirement involves verifying the MBTu per hour and delivery pressure in psi (pounds per square inch) of each natural gas appliance you will keep and/or add. Note: You can do this yourself or you can contact your HVAC contractor, engineer, or facilities manager to get this information.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or less, contact an HVAC contractor of your choice to get started.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or more, contact a Washington Gas Commercial Account Manager to get started.
Complete the Service Information Request FormThe Service Information Request form details your load, delivery pressure and general service requirements. For new construction projects, please include a site plan, property plat and/or dimensional sketch, including meter location, preferably in autoCAD format or in PDF.
Submit the required paperwork
Submit the required paperwork to:
Attention: Commercial Sales
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, Virginia 22151
Please ensure the paperwork is complete and lists all anticipated gas equipment, the corresponding MBTu rating and required gas pressure.
Determine the cost for an underground gas line and meterWashington Gas will perform a cost –benefit analysis of the project per the governing tariff in your jurisdiction of D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Return the signed commitment letter along with any required contributionOnce the evaluation is complete, you will receive a customer commitment letter from Washington Gas. Sign and return the letter, along with required contribution, if any.
Request a gas meterUpon completion of the underground gas service, contact Washington Gas to request a gas meter.
Schedule gas line installationA Washington Gas underground contractor will contact you to schedule the gas line installation.
Washington Gas applies for all necessary permits and permissions
Gas lines within the structure are inspectedThe gas lines within the property must be inspected by the proper code authority of the jurisdiction. Your installer is responsible for tie-in.