Winter Energy Saving Tips for Businesses | Marck Recycling
While spring is right around the corner, the temperatures in most of the country remind us that winter hasn’t left just yet. And when the mercury drops, energy costs for your business can skyrocket. We know that the key to any successful business is to keep your expenses down and make your dollars go far, so with that in mind, here’s a quick list of tips to save energy – and money – for your business this winter:
- Set the thermostat low during non-business hours. While a temperature in the high 60’s is generally ideal for working hours, the heat doesn’t need to be nearly as high at night. When your workspace is unoccupied, set the thermostat to 55 degrees; for each degree you lower the heat, you can save up to 5% in heating costs.
- Let the sun in. Even without solar panels, the sun can still help heat your office space. By opening the blinds and letting the sun shine in, it will naturally increase the temperature in the room.
- Turn off equipment and lights when not in use. This especially applies to computers and workstations overnight and on weekends. Just doing this alone can save up to $44 per year, per computer.
- Manage computers’ sleep settings. This goes even further than the last point; make sure your computers are set to sleep after 10 to 15 minutes of idle time. Also, shorten the length of time before the monitors automatically hibernate.
- Maintain your heating system. Regular maintenance and filter replacement ensure the system runs as efficiently as possible.
- Use laptops when possible. Laptops use 90% less energy than traditional desktop computers.
- Get an energy audit. Find out which parts of your business are sucking up the most energy and adjust accordingly. The EPA offers a number of free ENERGY STAR resources to help improve the energy performance of your company and save you money.
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