These simple steps don’t cost a thing, but could
save you 10-25% on your energy bill.
- Keep the thermostat at 78-80 degrees when people are in the building, 85 degrees at night and on weekends during the cooling season. In the heating season, keep the temperature at 68 degrees when people occupy the building, 55-60 degrees at night and on weekends.
- Turn down the water heater to 120 degrees.
- Make sure outdoor lighting is turned off during the day.
- Make sure equipment is turned off overnight and weekends. Use the energy saving feature on printers, monitors, copiers, and computers if the option is available.
- Make double-sided copies whenever possible.
- Allow your workers to wear comfortable clothing during hot weather. It makes little sense to keep a room cold enough that workers must wear suits and coats.
- To save energy, keep exterior and freight doors closed as much as possible.
- Make sure that bulbs, fixtures, lenses, lamps and reflective surfaces are cleaned regularly. By removing grease, dust and other dirt, you can increase the output of your lights.
- Remove under desk space heaters.
- Take advantage of tax breaks for energy efficiency: Local government may provide tax incentives when you buy energy saving appliances for your business use that helps to reduce your energy usage. Even some public utility companies offer rebates for energy saving measures.