The money you save on energy costs goes straight to your bottom line in the form of profit. Whether you own or rent your facility, there are plenty of no- and low-cost steps you can take to reduce energy expenses. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests you:
- Adjust thermostats. Don't pay for heat or air conditioning when the building is unoccupied.
- install water-flow restrictors and aerators in sink faucets. You'll save money by reducing water use.
- Reduce lighting. Certainly you need to maintain safe and adequate lighting, but don't use more than you really need, and turn lights off when they're not in use.
- Turn off equipment when not needed. Don't underestimate the energy-savings you can get by turning off unused computers, monitors, printers and copiers. New equipment is designed so repeated cycling on and off won't damage it.
vBuy energy-efficient equipment. When buying or replacing computers, copiers and other office equipment, compare energy requirements of various models.
- Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible.
Encourage employees to be energy-conscious. Employee practices and activities can make or break your energy-saving efforts. Consider offering a small reward or other incentive to employees who come up with energy-saving ideas.
For the free 28-page booklet, Energy-Saving Tips for Small Businesses: Hands-on Solutions to Improve Your Profits & Productivity, call (800) 363-3732 or write to the U.S. Department of Energy, EREC, P.O. Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116.