We are seeing the increasingly negative effects of high volume energy usage over the past few summers, which has contributed to higher electricity bills and even blackouts.
It is important for business owners to understand how they can control their energy consumption, especially during off-peak hours. As a reminder, peak hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Off-Peak hours are from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
Below are four ways to conserve resources and save money:
1. SWITCH TO SMART LIGHTING
You can reduce costs by transitioning from standard light bulbs to efficient LED upgrades.
Businesses can save 50-70% on lighting expenses at little to no cost as most of them will qualify for a rebate program. Start with a free lighting assessment. Ask our team and we’ll introduce you to our lighting partner.
LEDs use up to 90% less power than traditional incandescent bulbs and they give off almost zero heat. Quality LEDs have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, more than 33x longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. In fact, an LED bulb will last up to 6 years under constant use.
LED lighting is also safer than traditional light bulbs and a fraction as fragile as traditional filaments, which eliminates light bulb fragility almost completely.
When was the last time you checked your lights?
2. ADOPT SIMPLE MEASURES TO REDUCE COOLING COSTS
Cooling can account for 30 percent of a business’s energy consumption.
Simple measures include:
• Adopting a variable frequency drives for air-conditioning fans
• Installing seawater air-conditioning projects. Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) is a proven clean method of air conditioning buildings, using cold deep seawater in place of polluting standard refrigerants. SWAC systems can reduce electricity usage by up to 90% when compared to conventional air-conditioning, thereby substantially decreasing carbon emissions in our environment. In addition to the significant environmental benefits associated with SWAC facilities, it is estimated that, when used to cool large structures, SWAC systems can save hundreds of millions of dollars in electricity costs over the lifespan of such systems. – See more at: http://www.otecorporation.com/seawater_air_conditioning.html#sthash.Gif8jShz.dpuf
• If using central air conditioning, be aware that for every degree the comfort setting is raised, you shave 3 to 4% from your energy bill.
• Sealing air leaks. Proper insulation can save up to 10% on the bills.
• Using ceiling fans increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A sow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this airflow.
3. USE ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED PRODUCTS
Check the Energy Star website (energystar.gov) for a list of certified products that are energy efficient. The savings will be significant. For example, a commercial Energy Star dishwasher uses 40 percent less energy and water than old, standard models. Invest in a device such as the TED electricity monitor (theenergydetective.com) that displays energy-consumption patterns in real time, exposing inefficient equipment. Also, Energy Star certifies furnaces from companies such as Bryant, Carrier and York, among many others.
4. CHOOSE AN ENERGY PARTNER WHO WORKS FOR YOU
You have the power to choose your gas and electricity provider – yet only 43% of business owners do so. Check out competitive rates and potential benefits as a new customer or referral.
Before deregulation, both natural gas and electricity were supplied only by regional monopolies or local utilities. Since 1999, in our current deregulated markets, the utility company is no longer the only option for energy supply. Because suppliers compete for your account, this keep prices down and creates incentive to offer better service.
Competitive suppliers are able to provide a variety of options for terms and rates. There are absolutely no fees or any other inconveniences associated with switching to a new energy provider.
Money can be saved and resources can be conserved through smart energy management by choosing energy efficient products and services and taking advantage of the off-peak hours.
If you are a small business owner, contact us and we will be happy to help!