It’s hot out there, and that means your air conditioner is probably running overtime. Cooling – and heating – costs can rack up quick for a business, and when combined with other lighting, energy, and general everyday expenses, the bills can skyrocket quickly. Since business is (mostly) about the bottom line, here are some quick tips on lowering your energy costs:
- Choose energy efficient bulbs, like halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents, or LEDs. Halogen incandescent lights last 3 times longer than traditional bulbs, and compact fluorescent lights last up to 10 times as long. These bulbs are initially more expensive but save you money in the long run.
- Use ENERGY STAR bulbs. They’re rated for the best energy efficiency.
Heating and Cooling
- Open blinds when it’s cold to let the sun in. Sunshine will help naturally warm your office and reduce the heating burden.
- Conversely, close blinds in the summer. Keep the sun out wherever possible.
- Open windows in the summer months – Get some fresh air on a nice day – the breeze helps circulate air and naturally cool things down.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners regularly – at least every few months. This keeps them running efficiently.
- Turn it off! Power down any electronics – from lights to computers – when you’re not using them. Take extra care to make sure nothing stays on overnight.
- Set computers to sleep after 20 minutes of idle time. For most machines, sleeping is almost as good as being off.
- Use laptops when possible. Laptop computers can save 80-90% of the electrical cost of desktop computers.
- Buy efficient. Check out our selection of ENERGY STAR office equipment to make sure you’re running at maximum efficiency.