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As a small business owner, you know that every penny counts.  To keep your competitive edge, you are most likely looking for ways to save as much as you can, but cutting your costs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the quality of your product or service.

Your energy costs are a crucial part of your overhead and an area where you can save some money with little to moderate investment. Here are a few big and small energy saving solutions that will help you cut your energy bills and boost your net profit margin. And they may also bring a few hidden benefits.

  1. Replace all incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs with LED – The benefits of LED are many, but the cost to run a single LED light bulb for a year is a fraction of the cost of traditional lighting.
  2. Use a smart thermostat – Programmable thermostats will allow you to customize a climate-control schedule for your building, so it is heated and cooled when being used.
  3. Consider solar power – With the Solar Investment Tax Credit extending through 2019, now may be the perfect time to invest in solar energy. With long-term potential, solar energy could be the centerpiece of a significant energy-saving program for your business.
  4. Develop energy-saving policies and procedures for your employees – Energy savings should be an essential part of everyone’s job responsibilities. Encourage your employees to share ways to save on all costs and give them the incentive to participate in reducing your energy use.
  5. Conduct a utility bill audit – a professional utility auditor like Energeia can make sure your business hasn’t been overcharged for energy. You can both make sure future bills are right and earn back credit that you’re due for past billing cycles. Also, an energy audit can uncover other areas where you can save money.
  6. Change your filters – When was the last time you changed your air filter? You can save the wear and tear on your air conditioning system by regularly changing your filter.
  7. Service your HVAC system – Annual maintenance of your entire system will lengthen the life of your equipment and keep your air conditioner running at peak efficiency.
  8. Check your windows – Your windows could help you control your energy costs.  Are your blinds and shades adequate to keep the sunlight out on hot days? Are your windows in good repair and adequately caulked and weather-stripped? Even the slightest air leak can mean higher energy costs.
  9. Turn the lights off – Not all business lights need to be on all at all times. Remind employees to turn off the lights when rooms are not in use.
  10. Install occupancy sensors – Dimmers and occupancy sensors can also be a great help in making sure you’re not wasting energy by illuminating rooms that are vacant.
  11. Fight “energy vampires” by using power strips – Some equipment will draw a small amount of energy even when turned off. These energy vampires can be stopped by making sure they are unplugged or are connected to a power strip that is turned off when not in use.
  12. Reduce paper use – Simply put, the less you print, the less paper you use and the less often your printer will be running.
  13. Service your water heater – It takes energy to provide hot water for your entire building. If your water heating equipment is old, poorly insulated or improperly serviced, you lose a lot to inefficiency.
  14. Use ceiling fans – Your HVAC system shouldn’t be the only thing moving air through your building. A fan can circulate warm air in winter and cool air during summer.
  15. Talk to other businesses – You aren’t alone. Check with other business owners or your chamber of commerce for ideas of how to save energy or find energy efficiency programs sponsored by local businesses.
  16. Use natural light – Sunlight is free and renewable. While it can affect the temperature in your building, it can also be used as a replacement for artificial lights in certain situations.
  17. Use rechargeable batteries – Rechargeable batteries are more efficient than disposable ones and the initial investment will outweigh the long-term benefits of having to buy new batteries.
  18. Install hand dryers in bathrooms – Recurring paper waste is one cost you can reduce or eliminate with more efficient electric hand dryers.
  19. Close the door – Yes, as a business, the door must always be open, but that is more figurative than literal. Keep an eye on when the doors are kept open and reduce the amount of hot or cold air that is lost through them.
  20. Purchase energy efficient equipment – Before you buy or lease any electrical equipment, check if they are EnergyStar rated. These appliances are deemed to be energy-efficient which can make a huge difference in the long run.
  21. Pay attention to landscaping – If you have control of the landscaping around your business, you can plant trees to block winds and provide shade against the hot summer sun. This can make a considerable impact on energy costs.
  22. Is your heating system working overtime? – Look for times during the winter when your heater can operate at a lower temperature or shut off entirely
  23. Reduce your peak demand – Peak demand refers to the hours of the day when energy use is highest. You can reduce this demand by running heavy machinery during the evening and early morning hours.
  24. Evaluate your outdoor lighting – Are your parking lot/security lights still using traditional light bulbs? LED lighting in these areas can be a real energy saver, especially if you need to have them on at all times.
  25. Contact Energeia – When you take control of your energy costs, you immediately help your business save money. We can help you do this by making sure you are getting money back from over-billing, taking advantage of tax rebates, keeping your equipment maintained and running at peak performance, and using the latest technology to keep your business ahead of the competition. We pride ourselves on working with Michigan businesses to help save them money with their energy and heating and cooling costs. Contact us today to see the Energeia advantage!