Spring Forward With These Energy Saving Tips for Your Business
Today’s businesses have options for reducing their energy bills and adopting more environmentally friendly practices at the same time. Even small changes can add up to cost savings when your business chooses to invest in energy-efficient initiatives. From switching to LED bulbs (and switching them off when not in use) to cleaning the vents to allow smoother air flow, the following measures will help your business save on operating costs:
Use the off Switch
Businesses that want to save on energy costs must train employees to use the off switch whenever possible. Turn off lights, copying machines, computers, printers, and other electronics whenever they aren't in use. In busy offices, it’s not always possible to shut down computers, but leaving them on overnight when no one is using them doesn't make fiscal sense. Instead, look for energy efficient electronics and office equipment so you can use power management features and sleep modes when turning equipment off isn’t an option.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
Many businesses can also save money on energy costs over time by switching from traditional incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) or fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs may cost more upfront, but they last far longer than traditional bulbs and require less energy to operate. You can also install motion lighting to reduce energy costs while maintaining optimum lighting in less busy areas.
Perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system to support its energy-efficient operation. When an HVAC system isn’t properly maintained, it may have to work harder to effectively heat and cool your building – not to mention the potential impact on air quality that a malfunctioning HVAC system can have. Replace air filters regularly, and remediate any buildup of dust and debris with regular air duct cleanings. Proper HVAC system maintenance can help indoor air quality, as well as improve system efficiency, which may also help your utility bill.
Use Ceiling Fans and Window Screens
If you can refrain from using your air conditioning system on cooler days, you’re naturally going to cut down on your energy bills. Businesses can often save on cooling costs by simply using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans that rotate in a counter-clockwise direction keep cool air circulating, so you may be able to adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher and still stay cool. When winter rolls around, adjust your ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction so they push warm air downward to help combat the chilly temperatures. You may also be able to lower your thermostat and save on winter heating costs with this simple yet effective trick.
Install a Smart Thermostat
One of the most convenient ways to save on electricity bills and other energy costs is to equip your business with a smart thermostat. Like motion detecting lights, a smart thermostat offers specific features to limit energy consumption during off-peak hours. When employees leave for the day, your smart thermostat can adjust accordingly. Smart thermostats take the hassle out of climate control so you can focus on more urgent day-to-day operations.
Invest in an Energy Audit
Some of today's businesses invest in energy audits to figure out just how much energy they may be wasting. An energy audit can be a great way to start building your energy-conservation plan, because these audits are designed to identify specific focus areas for more effective energy management.
Finally, don’t forget to implement routine training to encourage your employees to adopt energy-efficient practices.