Go, Go Power Savers

How to lower your energy bills
This story first appeared in the May 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Businesses nationwide are learning important lessons from California's current energy crunch-or they should be. Here, utility industry experts offer advice on cutting your energy costs:

Michael Moore of Water and Power Associates, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that educates the public on water and energy issues facing California, suggests learning about and using the energy-saving features of your company's computers. He also says to reconsider both your after-hours lighting and how well your building is insulated.

James Owen, director of media relations for Edison Electric Institute, a Washington, DC-based national utility industry trade association, suggests 1) energy audits, which are reports by your utility company detailing how and when you use electricity; and 2) load shifting, i.e., changing certain energy usage to times of the day when costs are lower.

Contact your local electric utility's customer service department for information on energy-saving services like the ones mentioned above, and visit www.eei.org for more tips.


Ellen Paris is a Washington, DC, writer and former Forbes magazine staff writer.


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