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Helpful Tips to Lower Energy Costs

Posted by Nicole Spedding on 28th Sep 2014

Helpful Tips to Lower Energy Costs

Everyone knows that it cost a lot to run a business. One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your utility costs down. Here are some helpful hints to minimize energy costs.

Office and POS stations

  • Laptops use 90% less energy than desktop models so choose a laptop when possible.
  • Ink jet printers use 90% less energy than laser printers so choose ink jet when you can.
  • Turn off as many computer components as possible on a nightly basis. This includes monitors, printers, and copiers.
  • If you have Energy Star equipment, switch them to the power saving mode when not in use.

Refrigeration

  • Do not fill freezers and coolers above market load lines
  • Do not overload displays, this will decrease your product quality and increase energy usage by 10-20%
  • Inspect gaskets and door latches on a regular basis. Replace worn gaskets and adjust latches as necessary.
  • Check condenser coils and clean with a non metallic brush on a monthly basis.

HVAC Systems

  • Close vents in storage areas and closets and other unoccupied areas
  • Use heat pumps instead of resistance electric heating systems
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate cooler air and enhance cooling ability of air conditioner.
  • Check air filters and air intake screens on a monthly basis and clean or change as needed
  • Check fan belts on a monthly basis for any wear and replace as necessary.
  • Inspect heating and cooling coils on a quarterly basis and clean as necessary
  • Check ducts and vents on a quarterly basis for any damaged insulation that needs to be fixed.

Lighting

  • Once a year, clean fixtures and diffusers
  • Choose task lighting instead of overhead lighting for work areas
  • Switch out T12 lighting with a T8 system which is more energy efficient
  • In unoccupied areas, turn off decorative and unnecessary lights
  • Use lower wattage or energy saving bulbs where possible. 
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