Before you invest in energy saving improvements, you need to deal with the structural integrity of your building first. You must do everything possible to preserve the gains that such improvements will create and get the most out of your investment.
Peoples wants to help businesses, large and small, to take advantage of energy saving tips to control their energy usage and reduce costs.
- Turn off exterior, safety, and security lights on arrival.
- Keep energy use to a minimum for early or late skeleton crews.
- Set thermostats to reach optimal temperatures 30 minutes to an hour after employees arrive.
- Set back temperature an hour before closing.
- Turn off lights near windows and doors during daytime.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied areas.
- Leave only necessary safety/security lights on after hours.
- Open your building if possible on cool summer nights.
- Adjust thermostats for weekend closings.
- Leave on minimum lighting for weekends.
- Turn off your water heater if you'll be closed for three days or longer.
During Cold Weather
- Have your system inspected and tuned or repaired before the season.
- Turn off heat in unoccupied areas.
- Check your thermostats for accuracy.
- Seal window air conditioning units.
- Set back to day temperatures of 68°F and a night setting of 50°F. (If you have a heat pump, check out the General Heating and Cooling Considerations).
- Keep exterior light timers adjusted to changing day lengths.
During Hot Weather
- Have your air conditioning system inspected and tuned or repaired.
- Don't run cooling equipment in unoccupied areas.
- Adjust thermostat to 78°F for both day and night settings.
- Keep exterior light timers adjusted for changing day lengths.
Energy Saving Tips—Straight from the U.S. Energy Department
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. On their website, you can visit their Energy Savers page for home and business tips.
Take Energy Star's room-by- room tour to discover possible savings all over your house. This interactive tool shows you all of the different ways you can make your home more efficient.
Get "Energy Smarter"
With tips from Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), you can see how your business might save money, increase energy efficiency, boost awareness of renewable energy, and protect the environment. CCI's mission is to promote responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings. Read more to get started.