Energy Saving Tips for Your Business

By Guest blogger Tristan Hodges on Jun 15th, 2015 10:06 PM

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Energy Saving Tips for Your Business

While owning a business emcompasses many different aspects, one thing all business owners must focus on is the bottom line. Saving on energy costs is at the top of most business owners priority list. Here are a few ways to start saving money on energy costs!

Switch out Lighting

Switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is easy, affordable, and can cut costs right off the bat. CFLs use 75 percent less energy, saving up to $200 for every five bulbs replaced, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Plus, lighting expenses make up as much as 50 percent of the average commercial building's energy bill. So simply turning off lights and switching to lower-wattage bulbs can make a huge difference.

Update HVAC Equipment

Updating an HVAC System Leads to Future Savings. On average, HVAC systems account for 52 percent of

annual energy consumption in commercial buildings. The most cost-effective ways to enhance HVAC

performance is through controls and system upgrades. Replacing a building’s old, inefficient HVAC system does not need to be a financial burden. It is actually a company’s chance to cut major energy costs. New HVAC designs waste less energy and less money.

Electronics Monitoring

Ask employees to set their computers to go to sleep automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity and to turn them off at night along with printers and copiers. According to the EPA, this can save anywhere from $50 to more than $150 annually per device (depending on the type of machine and its energy consumption). And don’t let screensavers fool you: Most screen savers keep monitors running at full power. So screens should be black.

HVAC Maintenance

Your commercial HVAC system is probably your biggest energy consumer, but regular tune-ups may cut your energy bill by 5%! If a major problem is found, the savings can increase. Inspect cooling and heating equipment biannually to lower energy costs.Proper system maintenance is crucial to extending the life of your HVAC equipment and ensuring that you are saving as much money as possible in your commercial building. Regularly changing your air filters, cleaning the coils and pans will prevent mechanical issues and mold.  Having your system assessed by an HVAC professional is a  crucial step to maintaining your system and protecting your investment.

Check out the blog over at GreenBox for more informative tips. 


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