Businesses Waste Energy with These Common MistakesJune 14th, 2017
You can’t run your business very well without light, heat, air conditioning, and electrical power for your office equipment. These overhead costs are unavoidable, but many business owners pay more than necessary. Read on to find out if you’re making any of these common energy-wasting mistakes.
Letting Direct Sunlight Shine In
While natural lighting is desirable, heat from direct sunlight can substantially increase your cooling costs. To help maintain a steady, comfortable temperature throughout the building without using more energy, block the sun with solar screens, awnings, and strategically planted vegetation. These tips are especially useful for your facility’s west- and south-facing windows.
Leaving the Restroom Lights on Constantly
Your restrooms may go hours without use, but if the lights stay on, you’re wasting energy. Occupancy sensors are the best way to combat this. They turn the lights on automatically when someone enters the restroom and turn them off after no motion is detected for several minutes.
Giving Employees Desktop Computers
Some type of work is easier to do on a desktop computer with multiple monitors, but many times, a laptop is just as feasible. If your business allows for it, give your employees laptops instead of desktops to reduce energy consumption dramatically. Then, regardless of the type of computers your employees use, insist that everyone power down at the end of the day.
Using Outdated Office Equipment
The next time your copy machine, fax machine, or printer acts up, replace it with an Energy Star-qualified model. This distinction means the equipment consumes less energy, both while being used and in standby mode. To help reduce standby power loss even more, plug all office equipment into power strips and flip the switch at the end of each work day.
Neglecting the Heating & Cooling Equipment
Plan to maintain your HVAC system once a year and change the air filter every one to three months. Simple maintenance goes a long way toward helping you lower your heating and cooling bills.
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