Monday, September 14, 2015

Three Ways to Reduce Energy Costs for Your Business


As a business owner, you are always looking for ways to reduce expenses. After all, every dollar you can reduce an expense by means an increase in a dollar of profit. There are times when a business can have flat sales, but it can still show a growth in profit by decreasing expenses. One of the most fruitful areas to look for expense reduction is with energy use. The following are only a few of the many ways you can reduce your company's energy consumption. 

Install a programmable thermostat
If your business has several employees, the chances are that they are battling each other over the thermostat setting. One person will be turning up the air condition, while another turns it down. You might as well not have a thermostat at all, but simply a flip switch. With a programmable thermostat, temperature control is automatic, and the settings can also be programmed for different temperatures at different times of the day. This is a good way to reduce the use of electricity while keeping your workers from fighting over the temperature. 

Have windows tinted
Windows that face the east or west will be hit by a strong amount of sunlight, and this increases the temperature in your building causing higher utility bills. A good set of blinds can help to a certain degree, but workers want sunlight in their work areas. Tinted windows solve this problem. They allow sunlight in, but reduce the heat generated by the light. 

Install one or more skylights
Skylights are a great invention, and they can bring down the cost of electricity for artificial lighting. They allow sunlight through all year long, but because of the material used in their design and construction, they disperse sunlight, while limiting the amount that passes through. The result is sunlight for your building, but without all of the heat that normally generates, especially in the hottest time of the summer. 

As a business owner, you should also make sure you are getting the best price for your energy needs. In a competitive marketplace, such as the one in Texas, you can often realize cost savings by switching to a company offering a better deal. You can compare the various energy packages from all of the companies in your zip code by using an energy price comparison website.

28 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew skylights could do that

Sandee said...

All wonderful ideas.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Some very wise energy saving advice for any business

Alli Smith said...

I would love to have a skylight installed. I'll show this to the hubs so he'll see the benefits of a skylight!

Robin said...

It's amazing the things we know now (versus even ten years ago) about ways to save on energy.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd like to have skylights in my house.

Kristi Maloney said...

These are great tips. We have used a programmable thermostat for years - it really does save on heating costs!

Carmen Perez said...

All great tips. I used to have skylights in our first home many years ago.

Cynthia said...

These are great tips for business owners and homeowners alike! The less money spent on energy, the more can be spent elsewhere!

Joely Smith said...

Thank you for sharing these tips and putting this out there in the Interwebs! Everyone needs to try to save our vital resources!

Heather Jones said...

Skylights, tinted windows and programable thermostats sound like a good way to save money business wise or at home. Great tips Rosey!

Mia said...

I'm so happy that all utility bills are included in my rent, so I don't need to worry about things like that. It would be great to have a skylight though, even if it wouldn't effect what I pay in rent.

Maureen Hitipeuw said...

Amazing how small things can bring great impacts in savings energy. Awesome tips! :)

MikiHope said...

Very good suggestions for a business--skylights let in light so less need for light fixtures. If it is a sunny day the skylight will also warm the room up.

Ron Leyba said...

Skylights are awesome. Love all ideas in here!

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

Such great tips! Wish our house had a skylight it would be amazing and I do hear from others it saves them a ton. -Jeanine

Soiree Design Studio said...

We just installed a programmable thermostat. I'm very interested to see how it affects our energy bill!

Theresa Mahoney said...

These are all tips that Jason could use for his business. Though he did save a ton when he had me working in the warehouse a few years back and didn't bother fixing the broken heater in the dead of winter. He waited until I left. Hmph!

Dawn GT said...

i love your ideas. thanks so much for the share.

Susan Quackenbush said...

These are fantastic ideas! We need to do more around our house to reduce our energy costs but it's a matter of having the initial investment. Thank you for sharing! :)

Stephanie Pass said...

A programmable wifi thermostat is the best thing I've ever done. It has saved us so much money this year.

crmvirtualassistants said...

Great tips! Last year I was hit with electric bills nearing 700 a month for a house - I can't even imagine a business! I'll have to try some of these at my home.

Francisca Ramos said...

It's always great to save on energy and finding the best company that offers cost savings. Thanks for sharing.

kayla manoe said...

What good ideas. More businesses should do this!

Colette S said...

This is very good information.

I learned something about the skylights.

Crystal Stephanie said...

I love skylights because they bring in so much natural light. They also make you feel happier!

RICHARD HICKS said...

Yes, taking these simple steps saves a lot and the improvements will more than pay for themselves

Natalie B. said...

These are great ideas for non-business owners too. I especially like the tinting your windows idea. I live in Florida and the sun is so bright & hot that this would certainly help. Thanks for the ideas!