If you ask small business owners to name their number one expense, many will give you the same answer: Energy. ENERGY STAR estimates that small businesses across the nation spend more than $60 billion a year on energy.
That means if you want to save costs at work, one of the best ways t is to make changes that relate to office energy use. By looking at your company’s energy consumption one area at a time, it will help to make the process of saving on small business energy costs a little more manageable. Let’s first look at heating, ventilation and air condition systems (known as HVAC).
The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems account for about 40% of the electricity used in commercial buildings. Some of our energy savings tips for businesses can help you manage costs for both heating and cooling.
The first step is to look at the overall ambient needs and uses of your office. Asking yourself (and your staff) some of these questions can be a good way to get information that will help you choose the best ways to save energy at work:
Assuming you’ve done the energy audit and are ready to make some changes, here are ideas for how to save energy in your office:
If you have an energy audit, the auditor will detect leaks. If you’re doing this yourself, do a thorough walk-through of your building. Hold a piece of paper in front of windows and doors. Don’t forget about ceiling spaces. If you’re in in old building, walk around the outside of the building as well and look for cracks and broken mortar. Think about how people enter the building. Is there a different entrance or door mechanism that could reduce the amount of energy that escapes? Consider window upgrades or caulking.
If you want more details on how to save energy in your office, and want to join other owners who are also interested in lowering their small business energy costs, ENERGY STAR Small Business Network offers strategies galore. Also, be aware that there might be financial incentives to better managing your business’s energy use . Some local governments provide tax incentives if you buy energy-saving equipment for your business, while some public utility companies offer rebates. Both are worth checking out as you explore how to save energy in your office.
Want to hear more? Find out about Constellation’s small business energy options.
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