How Can Businesses Lessen Energy Use

July 15, 2018 | Alexandra Degala

Paying your electricity bill is just part of doing business, right? Many people pay almost no mind to it, seeing that it comes with the territory when you set out on a venture.  But if you consider just how much of your money is spent on energy alone, it cuts into your budget and takes out a sizeable chunk.

If you find smart ways to save energy, you can save money, and you can use that money to invest in expansions or upgrades instead. The bottom line? The more savings you have in energy bills, the more profitable you can be.

 

1. Get an energy audit.

First and foremost, an audit is the best move for your business energy costs and usage. Utility companies can help you pinpoint where most of your bills stem from, improve energy efficiency, and assist you with adjustments that can lessen your electric bills.

 

2. Turn off electrical equipment off whenever possible.

Powering down equipment may make them look harmless, but unless everything is completely turned off, they will still keep on consuming energy. Computers, monitors, printers, AC, heaters, and anything that uses electricity should be off when everyone heads home for the day. Only make exceptions for devices that are needed to be functional even after hours.

 

3. Take advantage of natural sunlight.

Windows can help you save on lighting. Open up space, give your workspaces a more naturally lit environment, and let in fresh air, if possible. Check all the areas to see if there are parts where artificial lighting can be removed.

 

4. Use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light sources.

Well-performing and energy-efficient bulbs are a smart way of saving money and energy. Along with their efficiency, they are known to last longer than incandescent lights, giving you the chance to make some serious savings from lighting.

 

5. Consider using automatic dimmers and motion sensors.

Pinpoint locations where lighting is not always needed. Install automatic dimmers in those areas so that they can measure and adjust lighting better. Motion sensors should turn on the lights whenever the room is occupied and turn them off when people leave.

 

6. Adjust heating and cooling through programmable thermostats.

Automatically adjust the temperature to avoid wasting energy and money. Set your cooling or heating systems to run thirty minutes before employees and clients start to arrive and maintain a constant temperature within your place of business.  Reducing cooling or heating by a degree can save you up to ten percent from your electricity bills so think carefully before you decide to turn up that thermostat.

 

7. Insulation is the key.

Insulate areas where heating and cooling may be leaking. Have your windows and doors inspected and fix areas where insulation is damaged or missing? While windows are good to bring in natural light, it also invites in heat which can make cooling more expensive. Look for window treatments that can help you cut down on bills.

 

8. Choose energy-efficient equipment.

Thoroughly check equipment before purchasing them. Carefully compare their energy usage, and read reviews about their performance.  It is better to have equipment that can automatically power down when not in use. Check on your older appliances if they are still working well. Replace or fix those that are older and use up more energy to run.

 

9. Consider alternative energy sources.

If there are available renewable energy, consider tapping them to power your business. Not only does it save you money over time, but it also generates power in ways that do not harm the environment. Wind and solar energy are currently very popular and easy to harness.

 

10. Watch your HVAC systems.

Keep the filters clean and have the systems checked regularly. Dirty and clogged up HVAC systems are inefficient with temperature control but use up as much as twenty-five percent more energy.

 

11. Implement company policies.

Implementing energy conservation as a company policy makes it a point that everyone is liable in making sure that energy is saved and costs are cut. Staff are more likely to make it a priority to use energy responsibly and to check on equipment to make sure they do not consume unnecessary power.

 

12. Educate your people.

Imposing changes as policy is good but educating your staff on why power must be conserved is better. Make them understand why it is essential, point out the benefits they can reap, and explain how it contributes to making the business better. Once they start doing practices that help save energy, provide incentives to encourage them further.

 

13. Consider a work-from-home option.

Give staff opportunities to work from home if possible. Many people would find it more convenient and relaxing. Not only does it allow you to extend your workforce to what your business space can contain, but it also saves you extra since they use their own devices and power supply. Technology makes it possible to get their work done and pass it on time without much hassle.

 

14. Think about shifting energy use to cheaper periods.

Reduce energy use during peak periods by cutting off unnecessary usage of equipment. Invest in automatic timers so you can spread out energy use and help reduce network charges.

 

15. Look for the trees.

Trees outside your business space can significantly affect your cooling and heating expenses. Strategically-placed trees can provide shade that helps cool down the area during warm weather. They can also serve as a windbreaker during storms and cold weather that helps reduce heating costs.

 

Lessening energy use helps you and your business by:

A.    Improving your budget and allows you to be more conscious about responsible energy use.

B.    Reducing the costs of office maintenance and maximizing the potential of your equipment.

C.    Being a good example of how to reduce the impact on the environment also builds your business reputation.

D.    Boosting staff morale, responsibility, and creativity by continuously finding ways to save energy.

E.    Improving business culture and technology.

 


Bringing down your energy costs is not something you can accomplish in a day. It will need coordination and cooperation amongst the leaders and the employees of the company. Implementing all these tips may not be enough to reduce energy costs by 10% but with WeCompete Energy’s energy management program, your business energy costs are guaranteed to dive by 30%. You can learn more about this by sending us a message at contact@wecompetelenders.com or talk to one of our energy experts at (844) 516-0633.