Whether you own your own business or simply want to save energy at work or home, Great Eastern Energy (GEE) wants to help you better manage your energy use. Reducing your energy consumption will not only lead to substantial savings, but it will also have a positive impact on the environment. Check out Great Eastern Energy’s favorite energy saving tips and learn how you can save energy in and around your home or business!
Whether you own your own business or simply want to save energy at work or home, Great Eastern Energy (GEE) wants to help you better manage your energy use.
- Business Owner
Ways Business Owners Can Save Energy:
1. SWITCH TO LED BULBS!
They are 90% more efficient than traditional bulbs and last up to 20 times longer so they don't need to be replaced as often. Plus, most companies qualify for state rebates.
2. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS.
Place stickers near light switches to remind employees to turn the lights off when they leave a room.
3. INSTALL MOTION SENSORS
in areas that are used less often, such as bathrooms, hallways and supply closets to save even more on lighting.
4. GO SOLAR!
Solar projects are a great investment for business and will significantly reduce electricity costs.
5. SET THE TEMP THE SMART WAY.
Use a programmable thermostat to monitor and change the temperature around the office based on usage.
6. CEILING FANS CAN HELP ALL YEAR LONG.
In the winter, run the fan clockwise to push warm air down. In the summer, turn the fan to counterclockwise to circulate cold air so you can use your air conditioner less. This is especially useful in warehouses or buildings with tall ceilings.
7. ONLY BUY THE BEST.
When buying new appliances for your business, always go with the high efficiency models that carry the “Water Sense” or “Energy Star” labels.
8. CONSERVE WATER.
Check your building for leaky faucets and have them fixed. A leaky sink can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day, while a running toilet can cost your business thousands of dollars per year.
9. PAINT YOUR ROOF WHITE.
Painting your roof with white, reflective paint will lower the temperature inside your building (as well as the space around the roof) and will save up to 40% on your company’s cooling costs.
10. SET GOALS.
Set attainable and measurable goals, such as lowering your water consumption by 5% this year. Check in often to ensure you’re making progress and staying on track.
11. STAY ON TRACK.
Track your energy use using an energy management system. Great Eastern Energy’s new Ener-G Tracker can show you how and where you can reduce your usage.
12. GET YOUR EMPLOYEES ON BOARD.
Have a staff meeting to communicate the importance of your business’s decision to become more sustainable and appoint an energy captain or team that will help carry out the plan.
How Employees Can Save Energy At Work:
1. SHUT IT DOWN.
Shut down your computer at the end of the workday. Turning off your computer at night can save up to $44 in electricity costs per computer each year.
2. NAP TIME.
When you go to lunch, set your computer to sleep mode. This wastes much less energy compared to screensaver mode.
3. SKIP THE ELEVATOR.
Using the stairs is a great way to save electricity and get in shape!
4. A LITTLE LIGHT DECORATING.
Decorate your office with light, pale colors. These will reflect more natural lighting reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
5. SWITCH IT OFF.
Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances. When you walk past an empty conference room, pop in to make sure everything is turned off.
Ways Everyone Can Save Energy At Home:
1. ENJOY THE NATURAL LIGHT.
Turn off lights during the day and when you leave a room. This will reduce energy consumption as well as keep your room cooler, therefore reducing the energy needed to cool it.
2. CALLING ALL GAMERS:
After you’re done playing for the day, make sure you turn off your game consoles, TVs and computers. These devices waste a lot of energy when left turned on.
3. PLUG INTO THOSE POWER STRIPS.
Plug appliances into power strips and turn them off at night to prevent them from consuming power while not in use.
5. SEAL GAPS AND CRACKS
around door frames and windows to prevent hot or cold air from escaping.
7. EXTRA SAVINGS WHILE YOU’RE ON VACATION!
If you’re going on vacation during the colder months, lower your thermostat to 55°. This will save energy and also keep your pipes from freezing.
8. IT’S SUMMERTIME!
Set your air conditioner set to 75-78° in the summer to save on cooling costs. Increasing the temperature by just one degree can reduce cooling costs by 4-5%.
9. REPLACE AIR CONDITIONER FILTERS MONTHLY.
Dirty filters drastically reduce an air conditioner’s efficiency.
10. DIG OUT THOSE POTS AND PANS, BUT DON’T FORGET THE LIDS.
Cover pots and pans while cooking on the stove to prevent losing heat. Your food will cook faster and you will use less energy.
11. STOP PEEKING!
Avoid opening the oven while cooking. Keeping the hot air trapped inside will reduce cooking times and energy use.
12. IS YOUR REFRIGERATOR RUNNING? WELL YOU BETTER GO CLEAN IT!
Clean your refrigerator coils. All of the accumulated dust and gunk is draining your appliances’ efficiency.
13. STOP STARING AT THE FRIDGE.
Keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible. The average fridge is opened 33 times each day. When warm air gets in, your fridge needs to work harder thereby using more energy to stay cool.
14. KEEP YOUR FOOD FRESH
at the most energy efficient temperatures. Refrigerators should be set to 36-38°, while freezers should be 0-5°.
15. WASH DISHES THE EFFICIENT WAY.
Only run your dishwasher when it is full and choose the “energy saving” setting if you have one.
16. WE LOVE THE SMELL OF CLEAN LAUNDRY.
Wash laundry in cold water whenever possible. If everyone in the United States used cold water, we would save $3 billion in energy costs each year.
17. DON’T LET LINT BUILD UP.
Clean the lint out of your dryer after every use. Allowing lint to build up will make your machine up to 30% more inefficient.
18. HOW’S IT HANGIN’?
Hang dry clothes whenever possible. If you have multiple loads to dry, dry them immediately after one another to use the existing heat.
19. ENJOY THE FRESH AIR!
Open your windows and enjoy the fresh air during Spring and Fall months when the temperature is moderate. Turning off your air conditioner or heater can lead to substantial savings.
20. SWITCH TO LOW-FLOW SHOWERHEADS.
Doing so can save an average family 2,900 gallons of water per year.
21. MAKE YOUR DENTIST PROUD.
Brush your teeth everyday, but be sure to turn off the faucet while you do. You can conserve up to five gallons of water per day from just that simple action.
22. KEEP YOUR GARAGE DOOR CLOSED.
Especially during the winter, to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from getting in. You can also install a door sweep to prevent drafts.
23. WHO DOESN’T LOVE A TOASTY FIRE?
When you're not using your fireplace, make sure the doors are closed and the dampers are completely sealed, so cold air can’t get it.