If you run a business, then you already know your facility’s energy bill is one of the many costs of doing business. However, if you're willing to make a few changes, you might end up writing much smaller checks at the end of the month. Just follow the following tips, and you'll start seeing big changes.
Tip #1: Change Your Lights
Incandescent light bulbs have been the standard for decades, but they are one of the least efficient light sources on the market. They're wasteful, they burn out often and most of the electricity that goes through them is turned into heat instead of light. LED lights are a much more efficient lighting solution. Not only will they last significantly longer, they only use a fraction of the electricity. Making the change to LED lights might have a slight increase in cost initially, as the bulbs are more expensive, but they pay for themselves over time.
Tip #2: Use Hibernation Features and Timers
Most businesses use computers. As we all know, they can eat up a lot of energy. However, if you're going to step away from your station, your screen should be allowed to turn off by default. Even if you're only away for ten or fifteen minutes, the amount of energy you save over time can be significant. Additionally, put timers on your thermostat. This ensures you aren't heating or cooling the building when no one is around. You’ll find this can save you even more energy, since no one will accidentally leave the furnace going all night.
Tip #3: Invest In Energy-Efficient Devices
Older machinery will get the job done, but it may guzzle your electricity.. If you have older computers, older cash registers, or older air conditioning units, they likely aren't as efficient as more recent models. Evaluate how much energy your tools are using and invest in newer technology accordingly. This investment is typically a business expense when it comes to taxes (lowering taxes!), and it will have an immediate impact on how much power you use.
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