Running a profitable business requires a detailed understanding of costs and expenditures. One area that businesses can save in is energy consumption. Here are five simple ways business owners can reduce their monthly electricity bill.
Maximize your use of natural sunlight.
Most commercial buildings have big windows and blinds to keep the sunlight out. But if you want to reduce your reliance on indoor lighting, then open up the blinds during the day and enjoy the free sunshine. Your employees will appreciate the natural sunlight and a mood boost thanks to some extra Vitamin D.
Use energy-efficient lighting, devices, and equipment.
Energy-efficient lighting options may require a greater investment upfront, compared to standard lighting options. But over time, energy-efficient lightbulbs and lamps will lead to greater savings in electricity bills.
Install sensors to automatically turn lighting on or off.
Employees forget to turn the lights off in the break room after having their lunch and an empty restroom does not need the light on. These are just two areas that should have sensors installed. A one-time investment into sensors can help regulate how much light your building actually needs. Feel free to reach out to the Blue Apple Electric team with any questions about installing sensors.
Monitor energy usage to identify inefficiencies.
Some areas of the building may be using more energy than others and it’s important for business owners and managers to know why. Maybe some equipment should be turned off after use, especially if it is used infrequently. Check settings on computers, printers and other equipment and set them to an energy-saving mode.
Promote energy-saving habits by educating employees.
Improving energy consumption habits can only happen if everyone’s on board. Once you’ve implemented the previous four steps and identified energy inefficiencies, it’s important to educate employees and encourage them to be mindful of their energy consumption. Be specific about what you’d like employees to do and not do to increase energy efficiency. Follow these five steps, and you can expect to see a lower electricity bill and greater profits.