Commercial Energy Tips
Whether you own or lease the space in which your company resides, there are many factors that contribute toward the cost of your commercial energy bill. Lighting, heating, cooling, electricity, and natural gas all affect how much you spend each month. Instead of spending more than is necessary, follow these commercial energy tips to be energy-efficient!
Use natural light to your advantage
The benefit of many commercial spaces is the number of windows. Use natural light from the windows whenever possible to keep the lighting costs down.
Tune-up your HVAC system
Your heating and cooling system provides year-round comfort for you and your employees but probably accounts for almost half of your energy bills. Scheduling an HVAC system tune-up can go a long way toward saving electricity and reducing your electric bill each month. If your business uses an electric heat pump, electric furnace, or air conditioning system, a seasonal A/C tune-up could increase the efficiency of your system and save your business hundreds on wasted electricity costs.
Turn off office equipment when not in use
Chances are, the majority of your business’s office equipment uses electricity. Computers, printers, televisions, and charging stations all consume electricity around the clock. Before leaving for the night, turn off all computers and electrical devices that are not essential to your business. If possible, turn off any and all surge protectors. Surge protectors and other chargers continue to draw an electrical charge, even when not in use.
Install motion sensors
One of the leading causes of wasted electricity amongst small businesses is lighting in unused areas. If you have a back office, employee bathrooms, or another part of your business that goes unused for long periods of time, consider installing light motion sensors. Doing so will reduce electricity consumption and ultimately help save money on your bottom line.
Install ENERGY STAR® certified products
Making a commitment to ENERGY STAR certified products means the electrical devices your business uses are more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR devices may use 10 to 50 percent less electricity than standard models.
Use fans to help regulate temperature
During the summer, the air conditioning costs can be business owner’s worst nightmare as the A/C works overtime to try to keep up. Temperatures can skyrocket and high humidity levels can make being in your store or office unbearable. To relieve your building’s air conditioner from all of its cooling duties, use fans to help circulate cool air. The improved airflow causes your AC unit to operate for shorter periods of time, instantly saving you electricity and money.
Switch to Natural Gas
Switching to efficient, clean natural gas can help you save money—especially during the cold winter months.
Add humidity in the winter and dehumidification in the winter
Learn more about humidification control from the experts at UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
Install a “smart” programmable thermostat
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