All relationships require some effort. It takes careful attention, maintenance and even the occasional "tune-up" to make things work.
Funny enough, the same holds true with energy management. In fact, following some old love advice can also help save your business money on its energy bill.
1. "Change things up."
Breaking free of old habits and routines can inject new life into your relationship. For businesses, changing to a retail energy supplier can help unlock great electricity and natural gas rates. If your business is located in a deregulated market, you can switch from your utility to a retail energy supplier to gain price protection, real cost savings, best-in-class customer care and access to the latest technology.
2. "Turn off the television."
TV can kill intimacy – and your energy bill. For businesses, turning off machines can translate to some significant energy savings. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business's energy bill as they use a lot of energy — about 100 watts per day. If left on during nights and weekends, that can add an extra 30 dollars onto an office's energy bill each year. Ensure that monitors are set on automatic sleep mode or are manually turned off when not in use. Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors.
3. "Get a tune-up."
Having the occasional "tune-up" can ensure your relationship is healthy for the long run. It's also true for your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. It’s important to conduct a tune-up of your HVAC system before each heating and cooling season. Even ENERGY STAR-approved HVAC systems can decline in performance without regular maintenance. By conducting regular maintenance, you can save energy and money while potentially extending the life of your system.
4. "Have an open dialogue."
Open lines of communication are vital to any relationship. Unsurprisingly, the same is also true with business energy management. Business owners and employees should have an open dialogue to create a comfortable and energy efficient work culture. Employees should be informed on how to save energy and be encouraged to share their own innovative ideas on how to cut down on energy costs for the business.
5. "Turn down the lights."
Turning down the lights can set the mood; for businesses, it can set energy savings. Apart from turning down the lights, if your business still uses incandescent light bulbs, switch them out for more efficient and cost-effective lighting. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.
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