When people think about saving money on their energy bills, they usually think about their homes. However, businesses can save money on their energy bills too. Since business is all about turning a profit, cutting back on some expenses could really help out.
Some general rules of thumb to help businesses reduce their energy bill are:
- Try to minimize use of large equipment during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Make sure all equipment and lights are turned off after hours.
- Set the energy-saving features on equipment to go into sleep mode when they aren’t in use.
- Get regular energy audits.
Using a programmable thermostat keeps the air conditioning from unnecessarily running when nobody is in the building. Program it to have a schedule for days, nights and weekends. It can also be beneficial to invest in a locking cover so employees aren’t adjusting the settings.
Make sure to get the HVAC system checked, cleaned and maintained annually. Filters should be changed every three months at least. Keeping everything running smoothly will prevent any problems that could cause the energy bill to skyrocket.
Switching to task lighting from overhead lighting, can save up to 15 percent on the energy bill. Employees might prefer it as well. Fluorescent overhead lighting can be irritating on the eyes. Another way to save it to replace old lightbulbs with newer, more energy efficient bulbs. Automatic or motion sensing light timers can also be installed so they’re only on when necessary.
Summer doesn’t have to mean a huge energy bill at the end of each month. Take steps to start using less energy today. It could really help the business out.