With the holiday shopping and winter heating seasons upon us, it’s important that your small business uses energy in a cost-effective manner. We’ve rounded up five helpful energy tips to help your small business lower its energy usage costs this winter.
1) Improve Your Heating
It’s important to “tune-up” your HVAC system before each heating and cooling season. Even an ENERGY STAR-approved HVAC system can decline in performance without regular maintenance. By conducting regular maintenance, you can save energy and money while potentially extending the life of your system.
Also, be sure to plug any leaks in the exterior of your building to prevent heat loss. Replacing broken caulking and weatherstripping prevents warm air from leaving and cold air from entering, which can help you better manage the efficiency of your HVAC system and, in turn, your energy costs.
2) Use Energy-Efficient Lighting
Don’t put up just ANY holiday lights. Install more efficient lighting at your business. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer. Even better: since we have less daylight in winter months, use it whenever possible. After all, it’s efficient and free.
3) Adjust the Thermostat
For each eight-hour period, your small business can save about 1 percent on heating costs for each degree you lower the thermostat setting on your heater. Also, be sure to turn down the thermostat further when your business is closed.
4) Turn Off Unused Equipment
Turning off office equipment can translate to significant energy savings. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business’s energy bill as they use a lot of energy — about 100 watts per day.
If left on during nights, weekends, and holidays, computer monitors can add an extra 30 dollars onto an office’s energy bill each year. Ensure that your monitors are set on automatic sleep mode or are manually turned off when not in use.
5) Secure a Flexible Energy Rate
Energy prices can fluctuate at the drop of a hat. That’s why you should ensure your business has the flexibility to take advantage of beneficial price changes.
With ChooseAgain by Direct Energy Business, your small business can select a new electricity or natural gas rate at any time without fees or penalties. As long as you remain a Direct Energy Business customer, you can switch rates at any time – even if our rates drop!
For more information on how your small business can save this holiday season, check out our 50 energy-saving tips.