As we enter July, it is definitely heating up! In fact, last week’s July 4th Independence Day also marked the Earth’s hottest day on record according to Maine’s Climate Change Institute. The USA National Forecast predicts that temperatures will be warmer than average across much of the Lower 48 for the entire summer.
In the Northeast, it has been particularly humid as well. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are cranking 24/7. With all of the power being consumed during this sizzling summer, we’re sharing 10 ways businesses can lower electricity costs this summer.
1. Implement Energy-Efficient Lighting
Switch to LED bulbs, which consume significantly less energy and produce less heat compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Additionally, consider installing motion sensors or timers to control lighting usage in unoccupied areas.
2. Optimize Air Conditioning Usage
Adjust thermostat settings to higher temperatures during working hours. Encourage employees to dress appropriately for the season and use fans to increase comfort levels. Regularly clean and maintain air conditioning systems to ensure their optimal performance.
3. Improve Building Insulation Reputation
Enhance insulation in the office by sealing gaps around windows, doors, and vents. This helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature and reduces the workload on cooling systems.
4. Utilize Natural Ventilation
Take advantage of natural ventilation when outdoor temperatures are cooler. Open windows during evenings and early mornings to allow fresh air into the building. Consider installing window coverings such as blinds or shades to block direct sunlight.
5. Efficient Equipment Usage
Encourage employees to turn off equipment when not in use, especially energy-intensive devices such as computers, printers, and copiers. Utilize power management features and ensure devices are set to sleep mode when idle.
6. Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Invest in energy-efficient office equipment and appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR label. These devices are designed to consume less power while maintaining performance standards.
7. Implement Smart Energy Management Systems
Install energy management systems that provide real-time monitoring and control of electricity usage. These systems can help identify areas of high consumption and provide insights for further optimization.
8. Schedule Equipment Usage
Consider staggering the use of energy-intensive equipment to avoid peak demand periods. By spreading out usage, you can reduce the strain on electrical systems and potentially benefit from lower utility rates during off-peak hours.
9. Encourage Remote Work
If feasible, implement remote work policies during the summer months. This reduces the need for office space cooling and lowers overall energy consumption. Offering stay-at-home or hybrid positions expresses your business's environmental focus by decreasing employee carbon emissions while saving on operating expenses.
10. Conduct Energy Audits
Hire an energy professional to conduct an energy audit of your business premises. They can identify energy-saving opportunities, recommend efficiency improvements, and help prioritize cost-cutting measures.
Lower electricity costs is always a good thing.
The specific strategies for cutting energy costs for your business will depend on your industry, operational requirements, and budget. It is essential to evaluate your energy consumption patterns and tailor a plan accordingly.
Do you have any tips to add to this list? We’d love to hear them!
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