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Winter Energy Savings Tips for Small Businesses

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Using energy wisely makes sense – both for the environment and for your bottom line. These energy savings tips can help your business cut costs on your energy bill during the cold winter months:

Keep air vents clear of paper and office supplies. It takes as much as 25% more energy to pump air into the workspace if the vents are blocked. (Source: ENERGY STAR)

Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. That includes overhead doors on attached garages.

Set computers and monitors to power save mode when not in use. Also, use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are using multiple pieces of equipment to completely disconnect the power supply.

Replace your desk lamp’s light bulb with a compact florescent lamp (CFL) bulb. It can last up to 10 times longer and use up to 75% less energy! (Source:

Open curtains and blinds on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your business, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

Allow your employees to wear warm clothing during cool weather. It makes little sense to keep a room hot enough that workers wear hot weather clothing.

Don't forget to turn off all the lights after business hours.

Think you already know how to “go green” at work? Take the ENERGY STAR interactive online quiz and find out!

Posted: February 19, 2014