Saving Energy at Your Business

There are a number of steps you can take to use less energy in your business and save money on fuel bills.

Below are some great energy savings ideas to increase your business’s energy efficiency and the size of your bank account.

Some Simple Business Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn off office lights if natural light from the sun is available. You could use 17% less electricity and reduce eye-fatigue.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. That way you can ensure you’re not heating or cooling an unoccupied space after employees leave. Set your thermostat just a degree higher for air conditioning and a degree lower for heating, and you could save $100 per year.
  • Turn off computers or put them in sleep mode every night; you could save up to $50 per employee per year.
  • Screw in some CFL light bulbs and save $25 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Get an annual check-up of your heating system. You want to run your system at is peak efficiency so it uses less fuel.
  • Set your water heater’s temperature for domestic use to no more than 120 degrees.
  • If your water heater’s storage tank is warm to the touch, insulating it could save 4-9% a year in water-heating costs.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; they will operate more efficiently.

Bigger Projects with Big Savings

  • Upgrade your burner — a modern burner can cut costs by 15%.
  • Replace old, inefficient furnaces or water heaters. Home heating accounts for 60% of at-home energy use. Make sure your equipment is efficient.
  • Remove window air conditioners. If this isn’t possible, encase units with a thick layer of fiberglass insulation and then seal them with polyethylene sheeting and duct tape to keep out moisture.
  • If you have older, drafty windows replace or seal them.
  • Install weather stripping on drafty doors and windows. Windows should have weather stripping on all moveable joints.
  • Use low-cost, high-density foam gaskets to seal light switches and electrical sockets.
  • Fill large gaps in your walls with expanding foam insulation before the cold season starts.

Additional Resources – more information about saving money and protecting the environment

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