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5 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Save On Its Energy Bill

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It’s estimated that the nation’s small businesses collectively spend a staggering $60 billion on energy each year.

For many business owners, that’s a top-three business expense that directly impacts their bottom line.

Given the sheer size of that line item and the vast importance of small businesses, it’s important that business owners have actionable ways to reduce their energy use and bill. Here are five easy ways your small business can begin to save this National Small Business Week and beyond.

1. Tune-up your HVAC system.

It’s important to conduct a “tune-up” of your HVAC system before each heating and cooling 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 off and upgrade lighting.

Turn off lights and unused equipment at night. 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 daylight. After all, it’s free and efficient. 

3. Reduce your water use.

Install motion-controlled faucets and water-saving fixtures like toilets, showers and sprinklers. 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.

Consider upgrading your HVAC system and be sure to regularly clean the filters. Using shades, blinds and fans to manage office temperatures can help spaces feel more comfortable with thermostats set 3 degrees higher in the summer. 

5. Update equipment and appliances.  

As old appliances or food service equipment fails, replace them with ENERGY STAR-qualified products, some of which can save more than 45 percent of the energy used by conventional models. When buying new refrigerators, choose AA++ rated units as they have the lowest running costs. 

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

Check out our 50 Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses

Posted: May 03, 2017