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The holidays are fast approaching, and just like Santa’s elves, it’s time to prepare your business for the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re in retail, food service, or any other industry, the holiday season is like the grand finale of the business year—and you want to make sure it sparkles.

UGI EnergyLink is more than just your trusted energy partner; we’re also your holiday helpers! We’re here to make sure your business shines and runs smoothly throughout the festive season. From dazzling yet energy-efficient decorations to keeping your energy costs in check, we’ve got you covered.

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, put on your favorite holiday tunes, and get ready to transform your business into a winter wonderland of success. Let’s make this holiday season the most magical and memorable yet with these 10 commercial energy tips to prepare your business for the holidays!

1. Switch to LED Lights
Swap out your old incandescent lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs for your decorations. They consume less energy and last longer, creating a dazzling display while saving you money. Consider switching to LEDs for your holiday light display, too.

2. Consider Timer Plugs
Invest in timers for your holiday lighting. Set them to automatically turn on and off at specific times, so your business looks festive without running lights around the clock.

3. Decorate Smart
Be strategic with your holiday decorations. Focus on high-traffic areas and key customer touchpoints to maximize the festive impact while minimizing energy use. If your business doesn’t already have motion-sensor lighting, now is the time to consider that as well.

4. Insulate Windows and Doors
Ensure your business is well-insulated to keep warm air in and cold air out. Weather stripping and proper insulation go a long way in reducing heating costs. Check your facility for cracks or drafts that may let in cool air.

5. Install Programmable Thermostats
Consider programmable thermostats to manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently. Lower the temperature during off-hours to save energy. Likewise, if your facility will be closed for a longer stretch for holiday vacations, don’t forget to lower the temperature to save energy while everyone is out of the office.

6. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you’re planning on hosting holiday events, make sure your appliances are energy-efficient. They’ll get the job done while saving on energy costs.

7. Engage Employees in Energy Efficiency
Encourage your employees to participate in energy-saving efforts, too. Simple habits like turning off lights when leaving a room can make a significant difference.

8. Switch to Virtual Meetings
If your business allows, consider virtual meetings when possible. It not only saves travel time but also reduces energy consumption in your workspace while your employees work from home. Remote work is great for company morale during the holiday season, too.

9. Maintain HVAC Systems
Regular maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems ensures they run efficiently, providing comfort during the holiday season while saving energy.

10. Unplug or Use Smart Strips
Unplug electronic devices not in use or utilize smart power strips to cut off power completely. Many devices draw energy even when turned off. This is especially helpful on days your facility is closed for the holidays.

By implementing these energy-related tips, you can enjoy the festive season while keeping your energy bills in check. UGI EnergyLink is here to support your energy efficiency goals, so you can focus on what matters most: celebrating the holidays with your team and customers.

As the holiday season approaches, we wish you a joyful and energy-smart celebration. Feel free to contact us for more guidance on making your business energy-efficient year-round. And don’t forget to download our commercial energy guide to get the most out of your energy.

Happy holidays from UGI EnergyLink!