10 Great Ways To Reduce Power Usage In Your Business
1. Keep control of your heating & cooling
By simply reducing the heating temperatures in your business by one degree in winter you can cut your power bill. Open up the blinds or curtains on a sunny day and turn the heater off. In warmer months, setting your air conditioner’s temperature just one degree higher than usual can reduce the power it uses by up to 10 per cent. Positioning thermostats away from draughts and direct sunlight ensures they are accurate.
2. Reduced wastage
Making sure your premises are well insulated and fixing drafty windows can be very cost effective. Keeping doors and windows closed when heating or air conditioning is running will also save on costs.
3. Minimize artificial lighting & replace existing lighting with a more efficient option
By having the windows and skylights clean, you can cut the amount you spend on lighting. If you are working in one part of a room, isolate the lights to that area only. Label switches so your staff only turn on the lights they need, and turn them off completely at the end of the work day. You could also consider installing occupancy and daylight sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically. By switching your existing lighting to a more efficient lighting system you can get considerable annual savings.
4. Use energy saving features
Most electronic office equipment such as printers and photocopiers have energy saving capabilities. Train your staff on how to use these features.
5. Switch off office equipment when not in use
A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day can cost over $100 a year. Switching it off after hours will conserve energy and reduce your energy bill. You could also use seven-day timers to ensure equipment like printers and photocopiers are turned off overnight and on weekends. ENERGY STAR computers with a sleep mode consume up to 80 per cent less energy than conventional computers, with laptops up to 90 per cent. Setting PCs to go into sleep mode when not in use can save up to 70 per cent of the energy they consume when in full power mode.
6. Make sure your equipment & systems are well maintained
A properly maintained heating and cooling system should work more efficiently than one that is not maintained. This should save energy and running costs.
7. Update your heating and cooling systems
If your old air conditioner or heater is not working at maximum efficiency, it could cost you money and use a lot of unnecessary power. By replacing air conditioners and heaters that are more than 10 years old, you can save up to 40 per cent of your annual heating and cooling energy costs.
8. Invest well
When purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR models that power down after a user-specified period of inactivity. If appropriate, use inkjet printers – they consume 90 per cent less energy than laser printers. Purchase appropriately sized copiers for your business’s needs. Look for the energy rating label when purchasing new appliances and equipment – the more stars the better.
9. Get your staff involved in the effort to save power
Create an energy efficient work culture in your business. Saving energy will require your employees to take on some of the responsibility, so make sure to consult them before changing your practices, and ensure everyone is on board in the effort to reduce power usage.
10. Take advantage of our services, financial incentives and straightforward advice
There are many easy and affordable ways to improve the energy efficiency of your business. We are here to help with a range of energy solutions from turn-key options, product rebates, to fully customized solutions to meet your individual business needs.