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How to make your Small Business more Energy Efficient

Posted by: Anna | 01/28/2014 at 11:27 AM


How to make your Small Business more Energy Efficient

Running a small business can be tough. You can’t afford to make any mistakes, or waste any money, because it all comes right out of your own pocket. The good news is that by taking even a few steps, you can reduce your energy bill, and then put those savings to work for you.  Here are a few ways to save on your energy costs.

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Tuning up your HVAC system on a regular basis will ensure maximum performance and add years to the life of your equipment.
  • Change your filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Consider using blinds, awnings, solar film on windows and natural vegetation to manage heat and light. Let light and heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer.
  • Use fans to keep air moving and maintain humidity.

Lighting

  • Turn off the lights when not in use. Consider installing occupancy sensors that turn lights on when people are present and off when no one is there.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs.
  • Use ENERGY STAR exit signs.
  • Use the sun for lighting—it’s free!
  • Upgrade to T8 fluorescent bulbs which are more efficient than older T15 model units.

Office Equipment

  • Always buy ENERGY STAR qualified products.
  • Turn off machines when they are not in use.
  • Use a power strip with an “off” switch to eliminate phantom loading, as even a machine that is turned off can still draw power.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for cordless phones and other devices.

For more information, be sure to review the Federal Incentives that will further improve your small business’ energy efficiency. Even though you might have to spend some time and money updating inefficiencies, the results could make a considerable difference in the long run.


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