There’s no denying that running a business is a costly venture. Salaries, benefits, production costs, and supplies are just a few necessities that come with a hefty price tag. But there’s one place you can easily reduce your business expenses: energy consumption. Saving energy not only cuts your costs, it’s also environmentally responsible. Read on for some simple no- and low-cost changes that can reduce your company’s energy consumption and boost your bottom line.
Upgrade your lighting system. By now, you probably know that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are far better energy choices. But even with these smarter light sources, you may want to upgrade the fixtures, too, as older versions tend to be less energy efficient. When upgrading your system, look for ENERGY STAR® certified lighting products. These fixtures combine quality and attractive design with the highest levels of energy efficiency available today. In fact, ENERGY STAR® certified lighting fixtures typically use just one-fourth the energy of traditional fixtures, and they distribute the light more efficiently and evenly. And don’t forget the exit signs! They often consume a massive amount of energy. If your exit signs are more than 12 years old, replace them with new energy-efficient LED signage.
Power down computers and other office equipment at the end of the day. If the computers, copiers and printer in your office aren’t being used after business hours, get everyone in the habit of shutting them down when they leave. Turning off and unplugging as many devices as possible at the end of the day is a simple way to reduce your energy consumption. This includes coffee makers, toaster ovens, and similar appliances.
Make use of fans during warm weather months. You can reduce your energy usage in the workplace simply by running fans in areas such as offices, warehouses and kitchens. Fans keep the air circulating so your air conditioner can run more efficiently.
Use motion detectors and automatic dimmers. Believe it or not, lighting accounts for a whopping 20% of the electricity used in U.S. commercial buildings. Being smarter about when, where and how you use the lighting in your workplace can add up to big savings. Consider installing light-activated motion detectors in conference rooms, phone rooms, hallways and other places where full-on lighting isn’t always necessary. Add automatic dimming controllers that measure and adjust lighting to the levels you actually need.
Make good use of programmable thermostats. Keeping your office temperature just one degree cooler during the winter and one degree warmer during the summer can reduce your company’s energy consumption by as much as 10%! A programmable thermostat gives you the power to automatically adjust the temperature of your workplace when no one’s there. Set yours to turn on the heat or air conditioning 30 minutes before people arrive and to turn it off 30 minutes before they leave. In warm weather months, strive to set your thermostat to no lower than 78 degrees during business hours to reduce energy use. During cooler weather periods, set it to no higher than 68 degrees.
Get regular HVAC equipment tune-ups. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a tune-up of your office’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can improve efficiency and comfort. Schedule an HVAC cleaning and maintenance at least twice per year, in the spring and fall. A clean and properly-working HVAC system makes it easier to heat or cool the space, reducing energy costs.
Take advantage of natural sunlight as often as possible. Open the blinds around your workplace to make the best use of daylight, and take advantage of skylights or other natural light sources to reduce lighting needs during the day. You may find that some areas of your office space are overly lit and that artificial lighting can be reduced or removed.
Upgrade your appliances to ENERGY STAR® certified products. Check the energy efficiency ratings of your appliances and office equipment. If they’re sub-standard, you could be using far more energy than necessary. The ENERGY STAR® label indicates the most efficient desktop computers, laptops, printers, copiers, televisions, refrigerators, windows, thermostats, ceiling fans, and other appliances and equipment. With the reduced energy consumption you’ll enjoy as result of making the switch, you’ll recoup your initial investment in no time.
Get an energy audit. An energy audit can help determine your company’s baseline energy use and provide customized guidance for additional ways to save energy in your workplace. Many certified electricians and utility companies offer energy audits. A professional will visit your place of business and perform a full inspection to check for air leaks, insulation issues and more. They can help you figure out where your money is going every month, how to increase your energy efficiency, and where adjustments can be made to reduce your electric bill.
Depending on the size of your organization, you can lower your electric bill by hundreds or even thousands of dollars each month by taking these easy steps to increase the energy efficiency of your offices. Could your business benefit from reduced energy costs? M.R. Electricians is here to help! We offer an array of services to help businesses in and around Montgomery County to maximize their energy efficiency. Contact our friendly professionals today for a free estimate or to discuss your company’s needs.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.