Millions of people around the world make new year’s resolutions, which can take all sorts of different shapes and varieties. You often hear about friends making decisions to get healthier or manage their finances better. How often do you hear that people are making resolutions to save money and energy?
Every year, countless people choose to jump into a more energy efficient lifestyle so that they can save both energy and money. Thankfully, Colorado is becoming one of the most power conscious states in the country, meaning that you can find a lot of great energy-saving solutions to help your business save money.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can start becoming more energy efficient in the new year.
1) Change Out Your Light Bulbs
One of the first ways that you can improve your energy consumption reasonably fast is by changing your light bulbs. If you have a lot of lighting in your office, and most of it is created by your grandfather’s old-fashioned, filament light bulbs, you could be spending hundreds of extra dollars annually, which you don’t need to be.
One of the first and easiest steps that you can use to start saving energy now is to replace all of your old light bulbs with CFL light bulbs.
2) Sleep or Shutdown your Computers at Night
Another considerable drain on energy costs come from the computers that you use at work. Since most businesses run on computers, your office could have dozens or hundreds of machines running at once, regardless of the time of day.
If you are open during regular business hours and don’t shut off your computers at night when you leave the office, you could be wasting a lot of money on powering your computers.
You can do one of two simple things so that you can save a ton of money on all of that wasted energy. The first is that you and your team can put your computers to sleep every night before you leave work. Secondly, you can shut down your devices completely to save energy.
3) Turn Off Unused Appliances
Unused appliances can soak up a lot of electricity if they are left on. Whether it is something that is specific to the kitchen like a coffee pot that isn’t being used, or if it's a giant printer, you can save a lot of money by just shutting them off when you aren’t using them.
4) Incorporate Alternative Energy Solutions
If you and your company are really ready to take the leap on saving energy in the new year, you can always invest in alternative energy solutions. In Colorado, we get hundreds of days of sunshine every year. Why not capitalize on all of that sunlight by installing some solar panels on or outside of your business. Overall, this change can ensure that you start saving money on electrical costs.
You can also take a look at other green energy sources like hydro-power, geothermal and wind energy to power your business.
5) Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances
Another effective way that you can start saving energy in your business is by investing in some serious energy efficient appliances. Chances are that you may have a lot of machines in your business right now that are eating a ton of energy. Office appliances and utilities can consume a ton of power, and that’s not even considering some of the other devices that you may in your kitchen or elsewhere that may be costing you a lot of money and electricity.
6) Monitor Your Appliance Usage
You don’t have to spend any added money to accomplish these energy efficient tasks. Start encouraging your team to be more energy conscious. Doing simple things like monitoring your water use and making sure that you shut off the lights when you leave a room can go a long way when it comes to saving energy.
7) Low-Flow Faucets
If you really want to get diligent about regulating your energy and appliance usage, you can always start by getting some low flow faucets for your business. Installing these kinds of fixtures and even some water conscious toilets in your business can be a great way to save money and water.
8) Set Your Thermostat on a Timer
Another way that businesses can easily spend hundreds or thousands of dollars every year is on heating and cooling costs. Leaving your air conditioning or heater on high (or whatever you usually leave it on) when no one is in the office can be a massive waste of money. We recommend getting a smart thermostat so that you can set your heating or cooling on a timer. This can save you hundreds of dollars every month on heating and cooling costs.
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