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4 Ways Every Business Can Reduce Energy

officeWe receive loads of inquiries asking how businesses can reduce energy without disrupting productivity.  For some organizations, it’s the million-dollar question.  Executives want to conserve energy to lower utility expenses, participate in demand response programs, and, of course, to help the environment.  The only problem is that they’re not willing to sacrifice the company’s efficiency.

How do they succeed?

It may seem difficult to keep the same productivity level with only a fraction of the electricity, but it is possible.  Here are four methods to test out:

1. Limit the Lighting

Whether you work in an office building, a warehouse, or a nursing home, cutting back on the amount of electricity used for lighting is always a simple way to reduce energy.  Start by shutting off lights in unoccupied areas, or even installing motion sensors in low-traffic areas.  Small changes like these will add up to make a difference.  Finally, if employees typically work the day shift, open the blinds and take advantage of the free natural light.

2. Heat Only What You Need

For most facilities, a majority of the energy consumed goes toward heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC).  Cutting off heat and A.C. to unoccupied areas, such as storage rooms, can help save big on energy bills.  Just remember to shut the doors to that particular space in order to avoid waste.

3. Unplug It

Energy vampires lurk behind every corner.  Even if they are turned off, many electronic appliances still consume energy while they are plugged in.  Computers, charging stations, and even certain manufacturing machines draw energy when not in use.  Yes, it can be a pain to unplug everything at the end of the day, but there is a solution.  Using a power strip that has the ability to cut the power to all connected devices will be a time-saver.

4. Plan Ahead

Take a look at the weather forecast at the start of each week.  If you know your facility will need plenty of heat or A.C. to function properly, plan to take care of the temperature early in the day.  For example, the morning of a predicted 90-degree day, drop the temperature of your facility lower than what you normally keep it at, and then raise it higher by the early afternoon.  By pre-cooling your facility, you will be taking advantage of “off-peak” energy hours, which in some areas, turns out to be much cheaper.  Obviously, you’ll probably need to run the A.C. a few times during the remainder of the day, but do so manually.  Keeping the thermostat on automatic will use more energy than what is actually necessary.

Every facility is different, and not all reduction strategies will work for every location.  Give these four a test run, and once your workplace masters them, move on to ones that are more specific to your business.  Click here for more ways to reduce energy.

 

 

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  • Kyle Ephraim

    Straightforward and simple. Thanks for the list.

    Kyle Ephraim (UB)

  • Michael Mills

    Another thing you could mention is insulation for example InsulGuard