With the summer heat rolling in, now is the time to start planning your energy-saving strategy. Follow these simple steps to lower your electric bill this season.
Replace Air Filters
A new air filter will ensure your central cooling system is operating at peak capacity. This simple fix can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15 percent.
Keep Vents Clear
Move any furniture that may be blocking the vents and be sure to check that they are open and free of any dust. This will allow your cooling system to circulate air more effectively.
Seal and Insulate
Conduct a thorough inspection for air leaks. Consider installing weatherstrips on the bottom of externally-facing doors and caulking the edges of your windows to prevent the loss of any cool air. You want to air condition your business, not the great outdoors!
Temperature Control Variety
Being intentional with controlling the temperature in your business is the best way to reduce your energy bill, and you can do this with a smart thermostat. Also consider using shades, blinds and fans to maintain a comfortable temperature. Shades and blinds will control the amount of sunlight and heat that enters your space, while fans can help control humidity and air movement.
Monitor Office Equipment Use
When you look around an office, you will see countless pieces of equipment that require energy. For computers, printers and other devices, consider using a low-power “sleep mode” after a designated period of inactivity. A timer can be used on the office coffee maker to ensure the heating elements are not operating during off hours. Encourage your staff to only run the office dishwasher when full to conserve energy, water, and detergent.