It’s a simple proposition: Taking steps to reduce your energy use will save your business money. While some changes require an intensive time and financial commitment, there are many low-cost or no-cost steps you can take that can save your business hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year in energy savings.
This section is full of tips to get you started, ranging from the simple to the more complicated tasks. Here are the basics (for additional tips, click here).
Biggest Areas for Potential Savings
|Heating and Cooling||Improve your control settings on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems and put a regular maintenance plan in place.|
|Lighting||Change your lights to more efficient products like compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs that can save up to 75% compared with standard bulbs. Ask your employees to pitch in by turning off lights when not in use.|
|Insulation||Weather strip and caulk all doors and windows.|
|Office Equipment||As you replace your office equipment, purchase products that are ENERGY STAR rated, which will save you money in the long run.|
|Appliances||Place rarely used equipment and appliances – like TVs, VCRs, microwaves, coffee pots, and hot plates – on power strips and leave them off when not in use. These products use power even when they are not in use, and that “dormant” time adds up.|
Simply changing attitudes in the workplace can have a huge impact. Find employees in your company that are passionate about this issue and create a working group to identify changes that can be made and educate their coworkers. Some companies reward their employees for saving energy as a way to boost morale and productivity.
There are also a considerable amount of rebates, financing options, incentives and tax breaks for becoming more energy efficient that you can explore in this section.
Finally, if you are considering any major changes or capital investments in your work space, have a plan for increasing your energy efficiency to help you save money in the long-term.