The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and pumpkin spice has made its debut on menus, it must be fall! Unfortunately, the change in season comes hand-in-hand with higher energy bills. November is the perfect time for you to take a closer look at your energy bills and improve the energy productivity of your business.
There is a common misconception with businesses that there has to be a trade-off between practicality and energy savings, this is simply not the case. Energy savings technology is continually improving making solutions more accessible, easier to use and more financially viable.
Our energy experts have put their heads together and come up with 12 practical things your business can do to save money this fall.
1. Change your light bulbs
Swapping out inefficient halogen, incandescent or metal halide light bulbs for higher efficiency light bulbs will immediately lower your energy consumption. We recommend installing LED bulbs as they use a fraction of the energy, last up to ten times longer than other bulbs and provide better light levels.
2. Install outdoor photocell sensors
Photocell sensors are a great option for businesses with a lot of outdoor lighting as they allow lights to turn on as the sun goes down and they automatically adjust for seasonal and weather variances. Photocell sensors ensure your outdoor lights only go on when needed and prevent the lights from accidentally being left on or off.
3. Install occupancy sensors
Occupancy sensors detect motion within a space and automatically switch lights on and off making them a great option for low/intermittent use areas such as parkades, bathrooms and stairwells..
4. Install aerators
Faucet aerators can reduce water consumption by 50% while maintaining or improving perceived water pressure. A reduction in water consumption will have the chain reaction of lowering energy consumption as it reduces the demand for water heating.
5. Insulate exposed water pipes
Exposed water pipes can waste water, energy and money. Insulating exposed water pipes traps prevents heat-loss and reduces the need for additional heating. Additionally, you won’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet which helps conserve water.
6. Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat would automatically turn down your heat during low usage times (for example after hours) and you won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving the heater on. As a rule of thumb, raise the temperature in warmer months and lower the temperature in cooler months. Changing the temperature in your business by as little as 1 degree can have a significant effect on your energy consumption without impacting the comfort of employees and customers.
7. Upgrade appliances and machinery
Outdated equipment can drain energy. Consider the benefit of purchasing an ENERGY STARA� appliance to help you save on your electricity bill and look into upgrading specialized machines your business uses to more modern, energy efficient models.
8. Use current sensing power bars
Almost every electronic device that’s plugged into an outlet even if it’s turned off is drawing power. Current-sensing, or “smart” power bars are designed to control the power draw from devices that can be turned off when not in use, including calculators, computer monitors, space heaters and printers. They also have “constant hot” outlets to accommodate devices that must stay on, such as cordless phones and modems.
9. Switch to laptops
Laptop computers consume up to 80% less electricity than desktop computers and get by on between one-fifth and one-third as much energy.
10. Unplug unused electronics
It sounds obvious, but take a quick walk around your facility and take note of everything that is plugged in. You could be surprised at how many appliances that are occasionally get used remain plugged in 24-7.
11. Turn off lights when not in use
This is another obvious one that can get surprising results. Are there areas of your business that are constantly lit but only intermittently used? Occupancy sensors can also help to make sure lights are only turned on when needed. Ask employees to turn off lights if they are going to be away from their office for 15 minutes or longer.
12. Get everyone onboard
Employee engagement is vital if you want to make long term energy savings. Make sure all employees in all departments across all sites know about your energy productivity plan and ask them to help out by turning out lights and unplugging unused electronics.
We get it, tackling the list above may seem a little daunting. You are not alone, our Energy Experts understand the nuances of energy productivity projects and are available to help. A free 30 minute energy assessment can lead to a 30% reduction in your energy bills. Call us today at 778-819-6594.