Posted by Rowena Phatak on Jan 15, 2015
Be proactive about avoiding an energy bill increase by focusing on winter energy conservation. Here are four tips to get you started:
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees when your building is occupied and lower it to 60-65 degrees when it’s empty. For each degree you lower the temperature, you save up to 3% each year on your heating bill.
To make these temperature changes simple and convenient, install a programmable thermostat. It lets you automatically control the temperature in your building throughout the day. Program it to lower the temperature after business hours and over weekends, and you’ll see an energy savings of up to 30% each year.
2. Encourage Energy-Saving Practices
Your employees play a role in controlling your heating bills. Make sure they don’t add to your energy load with personal space heaters. If you find your employees have been using space heaters, find out why and address their temperature concerns. You want the heating system in your building to effectively regulate the temperature in your building, and space heaters tamper with proper temperature management.
Here are some other ways your employees should help manage your building’s temperature:
- Have them open shades and blinds to let in sunlight during the day to warm your building naturally. (Make sure these blinds are closed at night.)
- If your building’s thermostats are manually adjustable, make sure your employees aren’t raising the temperature during the day. You may want to purchase a locking cover for your thermostats to avoid this problem.
- Remind them to keep external and freight doors closed.
3. Invest In Insulation
Quality insulation is vital for keeping your heated air inside your building. It not only saves you money on your utility bills, but it also makes your building more comfortable. To determine how well your building is insulated, consider bringing a team of energy consultants to perform an energy assessment. Let them show you where your building is losing heat and give you suggestions for improving your insulation.
4. Maintain Your HVAC System
If your heating equipment is operating poorly, you are using more energy than necessary to heat your building. To keep your HVAC system tuned up and working its best, implement a schedule for regularly replacing and cleaning your air filters – every month is recommended during the winter. Also, be sure to inspect your system for malfunctioning or inefficient equipment.
To avoid an energy bill increase, you should also upgrade your HVAC system. New ENERGY STAR-certified models are 20% to 30% more efficient than older units, which translates to dramatic energy savings every year. The more energy efficient your unit is, the less your utility bills are going to fluctuate with climate changes.
As the weather gets colder, keep your business safe from seasonal spikes. An adverse energy bill increase puts your budget-dependent goals at risk. Conscious energy choices make all the difference when it comes to your utility bills.
Make a better choice for your budget and consult an energy advisor today.