Tips and Tricks on How a Small Business Can Save Energy Consumption
If every business knows how to save energy, then that’s a lot of money saved and also saving the environment. Your energy bill contributes to the general monthly expenses of your small business, so if you learn effective and efficient ways to save energy, you’ll be surprised how your business will be more profitable in the long run. It is a good idea investing on energy-efficient appliances by checking on energy rating labels like Energy Star logo. Generally, any equipment or appliance involving cooling and heating will use the most energy. Now, let’s learn some tips and tricks on how to save money on your energy expenses.
The effective ways to save energy on your office equipment include reusing paper or print double-sided; sending emails rather than sending fax or memos; and turning off computers printers, copiers, monitors, and lights after shift or after work. Did you know that using laptop computers can save as much as 90% on your energy expenses than using a standard desktop computer. Did you know that inkjet printers consume 90% less energy as compared to laser printers? It is a good idea investing in Energy Star Model computers, monitors, copiers, fax machines, and printers that automatically power down after a period of inactivity as specified by the user. When purchasing a copier, it is best to select the right size for your business rather than choosing a bigger copier than what is needed. For your lighting, clean dusty lamps and diffusers every six to twelve months, turn the lights off when, not in use, and turn off signs or lights that are not needed for safety and security. Consider low cost improvements such as replacing your incandescent lamps with CFLs or compact fluorescent lamps. You can install reflectors rather than using multiple fluorescent lights. You can also save from lighting by investing on lighting fixtures with dimmer to manually set the intensity of the light in a room.
You can save on your heating, ventilation, and cool by closing shades early morning to lower heat gain from the sun, containing your air conditioning by closing the doors to the outside, and turning on AC at the last hour of work every day. It is also a good idea installing programmable thermostats or timers to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. It is also important to perform regular maintenance inspection of your AC including checking the pipe insulation and ducts for damage. You can also cool your workplace by installation of solar screen shades or blinds. For refrigeration, position your fridge in a place that is not exposed to heat from other equipment or direct sunlight.