Don't Underestimate the Little Things

Monday November 13, 2017


In today’s business environment, staying competitive means operating your business as efficiently as possible and cutting costs wherever you can. 

One smart and easy way to save money is to take measures to reduce energy consumption. 

Here are just a few energy and money saving tips that go right to your bottom line:

Lighting Tips

If your business is looking for ways to save money, you don’t have to look far for a solution. These illuminating suggestions won’t leave you in the dark.

  • Turn off lights when not in use. Consider installing motion sensors to control lights in areas that aren’t used very often.

  • Turn off outdoor lighting during the day.

  • Use free “daylighting” to reduce need for artificial light. Adjust lighting to your facility’s actual needs.

  • Clean windows and skylights regularly to let in more natural daylight.

  • Make sure bulbs, fixtures, lenses and reflective surfaces are cleared regularly to increase the output of your lights.

  • Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a CFL or LED bulb.

  • When purchasing bulbs, check the lumens. Higher lumens equals more light.

  • Don’t over-light your facility. In addition to costing more, too much light can cause eyestrain, headaches and glare.

  • Consider upgrading from T12 tubes to more efficient T8 fluorescent lamp tubes.

  • Make sure your security lights are on a timer or photoelectric control so they turn on and off automatically as needed.

  • When making new lighting purchases, look for products that are ENERGY STAR® qualified to ensure energy savings.

  • Install plug load controllers in cubicles to control multiple loads like monitors, task lights and fans. They use a motion sensor with a plug load surge suppressor, so inactive equipment can be shut down when the cubicle is unoccupied.

  • Turn off the lights in your facility’s vending machines to reduce energy use.

Other Tips

Running your business already takes enough energy. Save some money by following these suggestions.

  • Only use hot water when necessary.

  • Consider installing water saving faucets.   

  •   Reduce heating and air conditioning during unoccupied hours.

  •  Install programmable thermostats.

  •  Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking.

  •  Have HVAC systems regularly serviced, cleaned and maintained.

  •  Turn off machines and equipment when not in use.

  •  Make sure all automatic controls are in good working condition and are properly set.

  •  Use fans.

  • When purchasing a new water heater, buy the most efficient model possible. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to ensure savings.

  • Use the energy saving feature or sleep mode on office equipment that is not in use, when it is available.

  • Manually turn off computer monitors when they are not in use, rather than using the screen saver.

  • Consider using ink-jet printers. They use 90% less energy than laser printers.

  • Think about your facility’s actual needs when purchasing. Avoid purchasing more or less power and capacity than you need, especially when purchasing copiers.

  • Upgrade to energy efficient LCD computer monitors.

  • Consider retrofitting your elevators with new, more efficient motors and drives.

  • Train staff on proper maintenance procedures to ensure the most efficient use of office equipment.

  • Encourage your employees to be aware of energy efficiency and to give their ideas of how energy can be saved at your facility.

  • Consider forming an energy team at your business that will be responsible for discovering and pursuing energy efficiency opportunities at your facility.

  • Compare your equipment’s efficiency ratings with the benchmarks available on www.energystar.govto identify your facility’s inefficiencies.

Call Chapple Electric to set up a free energy assessment of your facility, and let us help you find opportunities to save.




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