Your business can reduce energy costs easily by following some simple guidelines. You can reduce energy costs with minimal inconvenience to your employees and increase your profit margin at the same time by utilizing the seven ideas below. The most common sources of energy used by business are sun energy, which is free; natural gas, and electricity. Your business may be all electric or a combination of natural gas and electricity. If your business is all electric, you will benefit from the ideas on saving on natural gas, because those ideas involve saving money on heating costs.
The first two ideas discuss ways to utilize sun energy:
1. Using skylights. Skylights vary in terms of energy ratings, and placement of skylights depends on how much you want to increase winter heat or decrease summer heat or both. Glazing determines the quality of your skylights.
2. Using solar panels. Solar panels convert sun energy to electricity, so it harnesses sun power and saves on electricity costs at the same time. It will work if your roof gets plenty of sunlight and is in good shape. If your roof will need to be fixed in the near future, it makes sense to fix the roof before getting solar panels. Ollie Smith, CEO of Energy Seek recommends to cut down on the number of solar panels you need, look for ways to reduce the amount of electricity usage in your offices and the business in general.
Here are some ways to reduce heating costs and saving on natural gas costs while minimizing the inconvenience for your employees:
3. Using energy efficient windows. For greater efficiency, look for Energy Star ratings on windows. They save more on energy than lower quality windows. Energy efficient windows reduce your business’s usage of electricity and natural gas and saves on those bills accordingly. In addition, the windows help keep sound out, which minimizes distractions for your employees.
4. Insulated window treatments. Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, would be a good option. You may want to use the top-down bottom-up style, because your employees can control how much sunlight they get during the day. Shutters may also be used to save on heating costs. Shutters are installed close to the window frame to save on energy. Shutters save energy both during the winter and summer time.
5. Using one or more programmable thermostats. An interior wall usually works well for this kind of thermostat. That way you can set the thermostat to automatically change several times throughout the day. You can also use it to adjust your cooling or heating when the business is closed.
Some ideas are presented to reduce electricity costs without causing major inconveniences to your employees:
6. Adjusting your thermostat during the summer months. Based on the recommendations by the U.S. Department of Energy, use the following temperature settings during the summer months:
* 78 degrees or warmer during business operating hours.
* 88 degrees during the night or when the business is closed.
7. Types of lighting. You may want to illuminate small areas of space, also known as task lighting, use motion detectors, or set light timers so you don’t use lighting when the business is closed. Task writing saves energy because it illuminates a small space instead of the whole room. Motion detectors cause the lights to go off when there is no activity (motion). Light timers cause the lights to go off when the business is closed.
Seven simple ideas for reducing energy costs were discussed above. Some of them involve using solar energy, others involve reducing the amount of natural gas you use, and another group of ideas are about saving money on electricity. There is some overlap. Solar panels help reduce the costs of electricity. Insulated windows can help with both heating and cooling costs. Even though the costs may be a little high at first, your savings on utility savings can outweigh the initial costs of making those changes.