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Peter Hawsworth
By Peter Hawsworth on April 30, 2020

10 Critical Energy Savings Tips for Businesses in an Uncertain Economy

We have seen a shift in business that we never expected. Even the savviest business owners were not prepared for the massive hit that resulted from COVID-19. It’s always been our mission to help businesses save money. Now, we’re feeling more of a call than ever to help businesses like yours discover new ways to boost the bottom line and weather this storm. 

The first step to getting through this is getting to know your numbers. Most business owners don’t actually know the financial picture of their entire business. Take this time to review your books and find ways you could be saving.

There are some creative options out there that can be utilized prior to making much harder decisions. It’s also wise to be aware that even if your business isn’t hurting right now, the future is uncertain. We recommend every business sets itself up with as many savings as possible to protect themselves from an uncertain future. 

In this list of 10 critical energy savings tips, you’ll find that there are options that are relatively easy for you to make that result in money going back into your wallet. Take a look: 

Top Energy Saving Tips

  1. Make Updates While Your Team is Away: This can be a great time to do repairs and upgrades on your business that can help you save money in the future. Consider making updates that you’ve never had the ability to get to with a full staff on your property, like upgrading your lighting, or making repairs on inefficient machinery.
  2. Clean Your Equipment: Many HVAC filters aren’t operating as efficiently as possible because dirt and grime slow them down. Taking this time to do some deep cleaning right now can help your business run better in the future.
  3. Plug Leaks: Weather stripping, caulking, and plugging water leaks can help you reduce utility costs. Take a look at where you could make repairs and limit waste.
  4. Turn Off Unused Equipment: Conserve your energy usage. If you are working remotely, consider powering down your equipment altogether. 
  5. Don’t run the A/C While You’re Away: If it’s cold in your neck of the woods, set the thermostat to 60-65 degrees. If it’s starting to warm up, set your thermostat at 80. There’s no need to spend money on creating a comfortable environment when there’s nobody at your business. 
  6. Install Motion Detectors: Try installing motion detecting lights on different parts of your property so lights aren’t constantly on when they’re not in use. This also eliminates the human error factor for people who forget to turn off lights themselves. 
  7. Search and Seal Small Drafts: Search your building to see if there are any small drafts of air coming in. Be sure to properly seal drafty areas once found. Drafts, no matter how small, can result in increased heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
  8. Invest in a Smart Thermostat: Consider investing in a smart thermostat to regulate your energy use each month.
  9. Pinpoint Your Energy Waste: Find out where you are bleeding costs and try to fill those gaps. 
  10. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting: By switching to LED lighting, you can reduce your monthly energy bill by around 60%. Some lighting providers offer zero capital upgrades so you can start saving instantly. 

If you have any questions about how you could be saving more, speak with one of our energy savings experts today. We can help your business upgrade to LED lighting for zero-capital due investment.

Learn how LED lighting can save your business thousands of dollars each year. 

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Published by Peter Hawsworth April 30, 2020
Peter Hawsworth