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8 Tips to Cool Down Your Business’ Energy Bills this Summer

By Direct Energy Business

Summer is here and Direct Energy Business wants you to enjoy the season without worrying about high energy costs that are often associated with the hot summer months.

Conserving energy is not only good for the environment but also for your budget. Follow these savings tips to help your business cut costs on utility bills during this time of year:

  • Keep air vents clear of obstructions – It takes as much as 25% more energy to pump air into the workspace if vents are blocked
  • Schedule regular examinations of your business’ equipment and systems – Conducting these regular evaluations can save up to 6-20% in utility costs
  • Use weather stripping on windows and doors  – Closing gaps will help to keep your air conditioner from working overtime
  • Unplug electronics – Even if they are in sleep or power save mode, if they are not in use, they should not be plugged in
  • Replace light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs – LEDs and CFLs can emit up to 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible – Programming a thermostat to 78 degrees, instead of 72 degrees, can save 6-18% on your cooling bill
  • Use a ceiling fan – This will allow you to raise your air conditioning thermostat by 4 degrees without any reduction in comfort. Remember to turn ceiling fans off when leaving a room – fans only cool people, not spaces
  • Turn off all lights after business hours – Lighting can consume up to 35% of your business’ electricity

Follow these tips and you can enjoy the summer season stress-free when it comes to your energy bills. To view our low rates and to see how Direct Energy Business may help you save during the summer months, visit our products page!

(Sources: Energy.gov and ENERGY STAR)

Posted: June 12, 2014

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