The cost to maintain a building’s electricity can become a fortune to pay off every month. The costs will continue to increase if you don’t educate yourself on how to reduce the energy usage. There are at least four ways to reduce the costs of running the electricity in your business.
Prevent Air Leaks
Heated or cooled air is lost through openings in the doors and windows. That’s why so many people are advised to close windows before turning on the air conditioner. The conditioned air could flow right out of the window and never circulate throughout the room. Prevent air leakage that wastes energy and increases its costs every month.
Install Energy-Efficient Machinery
Every business has machines that are used every day to complete manual work tasks. Retail stores have kiosks and cash registers while restaurants have fridges and freezers. There is an efficient solution to reduce energy usage on any appliance you use. In addition to saving money on the utility bill, you receive an energy tax credit.
Install a Controls Integration System
Integrate your HVAC and electrical units into a centralized system that consumes less energy. Controls integration is a type of design that is commonplace in all types of buildings, from warehouses and apartment complexes that need a simpler method of using electricity. This system is designed to optimize your use of energy and reduce waste so that you never use too much or too little electricity.
Install Energy-Efficient Lighting
Buying energy-efficient lighting for your home and business is recommended and required by law. The increasingly popular use of light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are versatile and easy to install in any indoor or outdoor light fixture. Compared to fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lighting, LED lighting saves you the most money, lasts longer and is less damaging to the environment.
Many employees and customers forget to turn off the lights after leaving a room. There is also no other reason to leave the lights on when no one is using the room. Motion detector lights have sensors that switch on the lights whenever anyone enters the room and switch the lights off upon an exit.
Saving money on energy takes more than adjusting the thermostat or remembering to switch off the light. Incorporate a total energy conservation plan into your general business plan. Train your coworkers and employees to be more mindful of their energy-consuming activities, install energy-efficient devices, preserve a good backup supply of energy, and you will notice major savings in your utility bills.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber