Starting and running a small business takes a lot of hard work, a strict budget, and a lot of dedication. E3 Power helps Colorado residents and small business owners to reduce their energy expenses in various ways. Small changes make a difference over time but there are some things you can do that will give you not only that long-term change but immediate results as well.
Hire an Energy Auditor
When you hire an energy auditor they will be able to help you find the deficiencies in your structure and set up a plan to fix them. Energy audits will locate where you are losing heat or air or where the air is coming in from the outside. The audits evaluate many factors so you can update your business accordingly.
Use Natural Sunlight and Turn Off Lights and Equipment
When you are not using equipment like printers, coffee makers, and other things that are not used frequently you should unplug or turn them off. You will be surprised by the amount of money that you are throwing out the window. Natural sunlight is always a good way to save money on your electric bill and boost your mental health.
Swap Out Your Traditional Bulbs For CFL’s or LED’s
An Energy Star LED light uses 75 percent less energy than your typical light bulb and will last you 50 times longer. This really doesn’t even need too much explanation, the math speaks for itself. A simple swap from a 60-watt light bulb to an 18-watt energy-efficient light bulb can save you a dollar a month. If you multiply that times all of your lightbulbs in your business over a 12 month period you will get serious savings.
Install Dimmers and Motion Sensors
Lighting accounts for at least 20 percent of electricity in commercial buildings. Installing motion sensors and dimmers can really help keep down some of these costs. Installing dimmers allows the lighting to adjust to the needs of the room instead of having the same light level one hundred percent of the time. Motion sensors are good for hallways, restrooms, and other places where lighting is not needed continuously.
Use Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats allow you to program or set your thermostat in your business from home or anywhere for that matter. You can turn the air or heat on half an hour before your employees arrive and shut it off as soon as they leave. Choose your settings wisely, setting your air condition lower than 78 degrees during office hours can really hike up that bill. Likewise, setting your heat higher than 68 degrees will do the same. Keeping your thermostat at these levels will significantly help you keep your energy bill in check.
Buy Energy-Efficient Office Equipments
Energy Star appliances are not just for washing machines, they make office equipment and much more. If you are using older equipment or equipment that is not energy-efficient it will cost you in the long run. Older appliances can work harder causing you to have to pull more energy. Remember that any new equipment you buy can be written off on your taxes. Sometimes certain states even offer different initiatives to encourage you to become more energy-efficient.
We Can Help Your Small Business
E3 Power is proud to offer energy audits to home and business owners alike. We can help you reduce your energy expenses in your small business in a few different ways. Give our team a call today so we can get you set up for savings.