7 Simple Energy Cost Saving Tips For Small Businesses
Tune-up your HVAC system
Even an ENERGY STAR-qualified heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system can decline in performance without regular maintenance. An annual maintenance contract ensures that a HVAC contractor will provide a tune-up before each cooling and heating season. Your system may then last longer with minimal repair costs.
Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking
It's important to locate any leaks in your business to prevent costly heating and cooling loss. You can easily plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. They allow you to more efficiently manage your ventilation.
Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are changing the way people use energy. A number of leading models have a range of energy-saving features – including mobile and web applications that analyze your usage, motion sensors that detect when people are present, etc. – that take the hassle out of managing your building’s temperature and let you focus on running your business. Of course, if a smart thermostat isn’t in the cards for your business right now, you can simply go with a programmable model, which has also demonstrated real energy savings.
Change your light bulbs
Turn off unused equipment
Turning off machines can translate to significant energy savings. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business's energy bill as they use a lot of energy If left on during nights and weekends, that can add an extra 30 dollars onto an office's energy bill each year. Ensure that monitors are set on automatic sleep mode or are manually turned off when not in use. Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors.
Install occupancy sensors
Use power management features and software
Be sure to place computers into a low-power "sleep mode" after a set time of inactivity. You can also purchase commercial power management software to help ensure your machine is running as efficiently as possible.