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    Small and medium-sized businesses use more than 35% of the total energy consumption in the U.S., according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.
    During the winter, heating your business could be one of your largest expenses. The higher you set your thermostat, the higher your operating costs. Even if you’re not the one paying the bills, reducing energy usage in your office or retail space can pay off in the long run. It’s also the right thing to do.
    Here are a few no- and low-cost strategies to lower your energy usage and operating costs this winter:
    Turn down the heat
    Set it smart - winter temps, savings

    Turn down your thermostat to protect your bottom line. In the wintertime, the recommended temperature is 68 degrees. That may sound chilly, but making a change of just two degrees can save or cost you over 8% on your energy bill. Check the thermostat energy usage guide.
    Time it right
    Program your thermostat to keep your space cooler at night and warm up in the morning before you arrive. Unplug small electronics like toasters, laminators or printers when no one is using them. Purchase a timer for holiday lights, external lights and signs so that you’re not paying to light an empty space at night.

    Bonus tip: Automate your nighttime savings with smart plugs and bulbs, or a smart thermostat that can be controlled from your phone. Save energy from anywhere!
    Let it shine
    On sunny days, keep blinds open on the south side of your shop or office. Close them at dusk. Let the sun naturally warm your space – no energy needed!
    Worker sealing windows with caulk
    Replace and maintain
    Have your furnace, boiler or heat pump inspected annually – it’s your main source of comfort from outdoor temperatures. The most expensive heating cost is the furnace itself. Change filters monthly or as needed to keep your furnace running efficiently. Dirty filters make the system work harder and use more energy than necessary. Check for heating system rebates.
    Seal it up
    Seal all air leaks in your building. Check seals on doors, windows, hatches, chimneys and electrical outlets. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems by nearly 20%.
    Are you looking for more ways to save on your small- or medium-sized business’ energy costs for the long term? Call 800-432-8583 or email us to talk with an energy advisor today.

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