Energy Saving Tips for Your Business

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Heating and Cooling Tips

  • In cooler weather, gradually reduce heat settings. Your employees and customers should feel comfortable at 68°F.
  • In summer, raise air conditioner settings. 78°F is optimal.
  • Turn off heat and air conditioning in unoccupied areas. Conditioning air in storage, basement or empty space is usually unnecessary.
  • Turn off heat and air conditioning at night, on weekends or other times your business is closed. With many systems, it's cheaper to heat or recool at the start of each business day.
  • Pre-cool work areas to use less energy during high demand (peak) hours and turn on ceiling fans to circulate already pre-cooled air.
  • Install timers or program thermostats to power down after closing.
  • Turn off systems earlier in the workday. Your building should remain comfortable for an hour or more.*
  • Lower hot water temperature. Unless you wash clothes or dishes, cooler water - about 120°F - will do the job.

* This may not be necessary during the winter months if your business uses a heat pump, which maintains comfort most economically at a constant temperature.

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Lighting Tips

  • Turn off lights whenever possible. Just a few hours a day over a year's time can really make a difference.
  • Close curtains or shades at night and weekends to maintain comfortable working areas.
  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms.
  • Remove unneeded lighting. Fixtures near doors and windows often burn energy needlessly. Also turn off non-essential lighting, signage and window displays when not in use.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms. Turn down other lighting levels wherever possible.
  • Use lower wattage or higher efficiency lamps. Replace incandescent or halogen lamps with LED lamps.

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Office Equipment Tips

  • Activate your computer's sleep mode when you leave your desk. This reduces electricity consumption to less than 5 percent of full power.
  • Turn off all equipment when not in use.
  • Unplug battery chargers and use only pre-charged equipment, charge batteries and battery operated equipment prior to peak hours.

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Energy Saving Tips

  • Attend meetings during peak periods, minimizing use of equipment.
  • Turn off beverage vending machines and shift use of ice makers before or after peak hours.
  • Adjust schedule or shifts so that times of increased production occur before or after peak hours.
  • Add weather stripping/caulking around windows and doors to reduce drafts.
  • Regularly clean and perform maintenance on AC and HVAC units.

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Green Office Tips

  • Use a desk caddy to save envelopes, rubber bands, and paper clips for reuse.
  • Not only recycle the paper from your printer, but recycle your newspapers and boxes too.
  • Be more eco-efficient. Use a mug or glass instead of styrofoam or paper cups.
  • Write with refillable pens made from recycled plastic.
  • For fax machines and printers, use refillable ink cartridges and recycle old ones.
  • Save paper by printing and copying on both sides. And only print what you really need.
  • Carpool or use public transportation. If you own a business, encourage carpooling or allow telecommuting to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Take your lunch to work in a reusable container.

Note: If you rent or share your systems with other businesses, work with your landlord or neighbors to accomplish reductions in energy use.