Smart Ways to Save This Year

Thursday February 09, 2017


The holidays are behind us, Tax Day is approaching and summer is still a way off—making this a great time of the year to start a money-saving strategy. Here are a few ways to cut costs without feeling the pinch.

Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

When it comes to lighting your office or home, not all bulbs are created equal. Choose energy efficient lighting options to keep your space illuminated.

Lock Outside Windows

Windows can be a huge source of escaping heat in your home or office. If they’re left open even a crack, then you’re paying to heat air that’s just escaping outside. So, make sure all of your outdoor windows are shut tightly and locked.

Seal Air Leaks

You might also want to examine the area around your windows and any other openings to the outdoors. If there are any cracks or openings that let air escape, you can get sealer or weather stripping to close up those leaks.

Change Filters Regularly

Throughout the year, you’ll also want to make sure to replace your furnace filters so air can travel through it efficiently.

Consider Motion Sensors

Of course, you and your team members should turn off lights whenever you leave a room. But if you have some forgetful people on your staff, it might not always happen. In that case, motion sensors that turn your lights off when they sense no movement could help you reduce energy costs.

Make Sure Doors Close Properly

Doors to the outside can also lead to lots of warm air escaping. Make sure each door shuts tightly and doesn’t leave any open areas to the outside. If it does, you might need some sealer or an adjustment to your door frame.

Get a Smart Thermostat

There are also plenty of new options when it comes to thermostats. Though it would be an investment up front, you can purchase a smart thermostat that learns your heating preferences and only uses as much power as necessary. This can lower your energy costs in the long run.

Keep Blinds Open During the Day

During the winter, you can use the sun to your advantage to help heat your home or office space. Keep shades or blinds open when the sun is shining in so you can get that extra heat without any additional cost.

Shut Them When the Sun Goes Down

However, when the sun starts to go down at the end of the day, make sure to close those shades or blinds to trap the warm air inside.

Turn Down the Thermostat at Night

When you leave the office at night, you can also save a bit of money by turning the thermostat down a few degrees. You don’t need it quite as warm when no one is there working anyway.

Use Ceiling Fans Effectively

Ceiling fans can be great for keeping you cool in the summer. But many also have a feature that let you put the fan in reverse, which pushes warmer air down and can help you stay warm in the winter.

Shut Vents in Unused Rooms

If you have spaces in your office that aren’t used often, don’t pay to heat them. For example, if you have a conference room that you only use on occasion, shut the vents and the door so you can save money in that area.

Use Energy Star Appliances

Your office refrigerator and other appliances can also take up a lot of energy. Make sure you have energy efficient models that use as little as possible.

Unplug Devices When Not in Use

All those electronics you use in your office take up a lot of energy. And if you keep them plugged in even when they’re not in use, you’re just wasting money. So, unplug things like laptop and smartphone chargers and small kitchen appliances whenever you’re not actually using them.

Get an Energy Audit

If you’ve done a lot of the things above and still notice high energy bills, you can call us for an energy audit. We can tell you any areas in your home or office where you can make improvements.




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