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5 Summer Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses

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Summer heat waves can drive up the temperature — and your business's energy use. 

It's estimated that small businesses collectively spend a staggering $60 billion on energy each year, which is a top-three business expense for many small business owners. 

Don't sweat it. We've got five easy ways to help your small business can take control of its energy use this summer and beyond. 

1. Tune-up your HVAC system.

Air conditioner usage ramps up during the summer months, so it’s important to conduct a “tune-up” of your HVAC system before each cooling (and heating) season. Even an ENERGY STAR-approved HVAC system can decline in performance without regular maintenance. By being proactive with maintenance and repairs, you can save energy and money while potentially extending the life of your system.

2. Turn down and upgrade lighting.

Turn off the lights to lower your energy use and cool your building. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — can use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and last up to 25 times longer. Even more green: use the summer daylight. After all, it’s free and efficient. 

3.Conserve water. 

Summer heat waves can bring major droughts and water shortages. Install motion-controlled faucets and water-saving fixtures like toilets, showers and sprinklers to help conserve water. Also, be sure to repair any leaking taps and pipes as soon as possible to avoid hot water loss. 

4. Take control of the temperature.

Using shades, blinds and fans to manage office temperatures can help spaces feel more comfortable with thermostats set 3 degrees higher in the summer. Fans can help your business maintain comfortable temperature, humidity and air movement. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and humidity feel more comfortable and reduce the need for air conditioning.

A temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans and each degree of higher temperature can save about three percent on cooling costs. When the temperature outside feels more comfortable than inside, use a box fan in the window or whole facility fan in the attic to pull in the comfortable air.

5. Use sustainable landscaping practices. 

When landscaping at your business, use plants that are native to your local environment, require minimal watering and possess strong pest resistance. Also consider diverting gray water for irrigation, if your city code allows.

Want to learn 45 other tips and tricks for cutting your energy bill?

Check out our 50 Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses

Posted: July 13, 2017