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.
Turn down your thermostat by 5 to 8 degrees to protect your bottom line. Making a change of just two degrees can save or cost you over 8% on your energy bill.
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!
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!
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 discounts and rebates.
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%.