The cost of energy always seems to be rising and in response, people are always looking for ways to save on their electricity bill. When you have a business that uses a substantial amount of energy each month, it becomes even more important for you to find some ways to reduce your overall costs. Here are ten very good ways that you can do just that.
Conduct an Audit
You can conduct an audit of your own business so that you can get a better idea of where and how you are using the most energy. Knowing where your business’s weaknesses are when it comes to energy usage will help you with the next tip on this list.
Monitor Your Bills
Always make sure that you are looking at your bills closely each month and learn which days you are using the most energy. Look into curbing your usage on those days (if possible). Monitoring can help you gauge this more accurately.
Reduce A/C and Heating Usage
Make sure that you are not keeping your air conditioner or heater running when no one is in the building. If you don’t have people coming into work until 7AM, it makes no sense to have the same heating and cooling settings overnight as you do during the day. Adjust them. Also, keep the blinds shut during the day, which keeps the heat out in the summer. Do the opposite in the winter.
Replace Your Bulbs
It’s always a good idea to change from old bulbs that use high energy to the energy efficient bulbs (like CFLs). They use less power and they last much longer, which can help you save quite a bit.
Turn Off the Lights
Instill the importance of turning off lights when no one is in the room. This is important for offices, as well as break rooms and bathrooms. For some rooms, it might be a good idea to install a motion sensor that will shut off the light when no one is in the room.
Energy Saving Appliances
Always look for energy saving machines when it comes to copiers and printers, but don’t forget about the appliances in your break room as well. Look for high quality coffee pots and refrigerators that have a good energy efficiency rating.
Have professionals come out and check to see if the insulation you have at your business is sufficient to help you save energy.
Generate Your Own Power
Some companies are starting to use solar panels to help them generate all or at least a portion of their energy. This could be a good solution for your business as well.
Turn Off Computers
At the end of the day, make sure that everyone turns off their computers and monitors, as they take up energy even when they’re not running.
Having a good programmable thermostat will make it easier for you to keep the temperatures at the perfect setting no matter the time of year.
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