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How Small Businesses Can Save During National Energy Awareness Month

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What’s not to love about October – football, apple cider, pumpkins? Did you know that October is also National Energy Awareness Month? But what is National Energy Awareness Month and how can it help your small business? We have the answer and a wealth of resources where you can learn more.

This month is dedicated to the national effort to bring awareness to how crucial energy is to our prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. This year, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is offering campaign materials that promote energy and water conservation practices. You can learn more and download the materials here.

More importantly, what does this mean for small business owners? Help your business reduce energy costs with the following tips, which also help conserve energy and protect the environment:

  • Turn off your lights when you leave at night.
  • Use dimmers, motion sensors, or occupancy sensors.
  • Use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for desk lamps. Using CFLs instead of comparable incandescent bulbs can save you about 50% on your lighting costs!
  • Turn off computers and monitors before you leave.
  • Install programmable thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat™ that programs itself based on your energy habits in as little as one week. Plus, installation is easy. Learn more.
  • Coordinate with your vending machine vendor to turn off lights or set them on a timer.
  • Have a professional perform an energy audit.
  • Unplug your equipment when not in use; power cords continue to draw electricity even when they’re not plugged into a device.
  • Close or adjust window blinds to block direct sunlight. 
  • Regularly change your HVAC filters every month during high peak seasons.

Click here for the complete office energy checklist!

Be sure to also visit our Small Business page to learn more about how Direct Energy Business can help you lock in a rate for the upcoming winter months. According to the 2015 edition of the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s supposed to be another cold one!

Here are some additional resources to learn more about National Energy Awareness Month:
National Energy Awareness Month
Energy Action Month

Posted: October 09, 2014