10 Ways to Reduce Your Business’ Energy Bills

How To Reduce Your Business’ Energy Bills Paying your monthly energy bills might not be something you think about each

How To Reduce Your Business' Energy Bills

Paying Energy Bills

Paying your monthly energy bills might not be something you think about each month. And when you do, well, that’s just the cost of keeping the lights on and the business running. Yes, electricity is essential to keeping your business open, but the way we see it, it’s a cost that can be managed and correctly done, energy costs can be continually reduced helping you add more money into your operating budget. And that’s what we do routinely for businesses all across North America, be it small family owned businesses, start ups and large national corporate chains. To help you, here are 10 simple things you can do to help reduce energy costs at the office:

10 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Office's Energy Expenses


Are you paying the best rates for the energy you use? Are you on the correct rate class? If you are wasting energy, where is it being wasted? The answers to these questions and many more can be found by an Energy Audit. An energy audit is a detailed inspection of your energy bill and a recommendation that gives you a way to reduce costs. 

Earlier this year, we did an energy audit on an organic beef jerky manufacturing company. While their products were great, the owner was having a hard time turning profit due to operational expenses. One look at his energy bill told us that he was on the wrong rate class and much to his surprise, when we fixed this one point he saved $40,000 a year on his energy bills. 

A church located in New York was convinced they were paying the best rates for their electricity, yet their bills seemed pretty high. Upon receipt of their bills, we compared their rates with some of our retail energy suppliers and found rates that were close to 3X lower.

As you can see, an energy audit can often lead to solutions that can reduce your energy bills immediately, as well as provide some steps you can take to reduce any energy waste detected.


We don’t want to overstate the obvious but you would be surprised at how much electricity gets wasted just by this one small point. The bigger your office, the more energy you waste.

Conference rooms, bathrooms, lunch rooms and many offices have the lights on all day even when not occupied. But it’s not just lights. Computers, monitors, printers & copy machines, even coffee machines and microwaves in the lunch room. A lot of appliances use energy even while not being used. We call these vampire appliances (read How To Detect Vampire Appliances). 

A simple way to reduce your office energy bills is to plug all these appliances into a power strip and before leaving the office, making it a routine to turn off all the lights and all the power strips. 


Depending on where you work, your building gets about 6-12 hours of sunlight. Taking advantage of this by opening the blinds and keeping the lights turned off, or maybe half the lights turned on, can help you reduce your energy bills. Where possible, skylights are also a great way to capture natural light while adding a fantastic element of design. If you have a roof where a skylight could be an option, consider installing a Fakro DRF DU6 Flat Roof Access Skylight to further maximize the natural light and ventilation in your space.


In most office buildings, lights consume a big portion of the monthly energy bills. 

Although much cheaper to buy, regular light bulbs only emit about 10-20% of the energy they use to make actual light. The other 80-90% if used to create the heat needed to make the light. 

By switching your office lights to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diode lights (better known as LEDs) can cut your energy bills by up to 30%. CFL and LED lights can also last up to 10 times longer than regular light bulbs, also saving you money in the long run. 


Most office buildings use motion sensors in common areas and bigger offices that turn off the lights when there is a lack of motion for a specific amount of time. Using these motion detectors to manage your lights in common areas is a great way to reduce energy waste. 

Light dimmers can be used in conjunction with natural light to control how much light you want your light bulbs to emit. You don’t always need all the lights on at that maximum output. Using lower dimmer settings during the day and higher dimmer settings during the evening can help you save money on energy. 


This is another obvious one but it has to be mentioned because many offices have programmed thermostats but then individually employees, finding it cold or hot, manually adjust the temperature throwing the thermostat temporarily off it’s programmed schedule. To maximize energy efficiency from your A/C, it’s important to find a comfortable temperature that everyone can agree on and then ensuring no one changes the programmed settings. 


With age, windows and doors start to let in little bits of air from outside. And while you may not think much of it, a little bit adds up and before you know it you’re A/C is working that much harder and your monthly energy bill jumps by 10%. But because it happens slowly and overtime, it’s hard to notice and you generally wouldn’t think your windows and doors are the cause. Running new sealer along windows edges can help to keep your A/C from overworking.

Earlier we mentioned using natural light to light rooms and how that can help save you money. When it’s very hot outside and the sun is shinning, this may have the reverse effect so it’s important to judge this according to the weather. Windows and glass doors, also let in heat from the sunlight. Some solutions that you can use include energy efficient window tint, solar screens or window shades and awnings. 


Now-a-days most office equipment is build with energy efficiency in mind. Never the less, when you are buying a new printer, copy machine or even computer. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo. Energy star equipment is designed to use as little energy as possible and in most cases is designed to power down during periods of inactivity. Older office equipment can use a lot of energy all day long. If you still have equipment we suggest swapping it out for newer energy efficient models. 

In one case, an office was able to reduce their energy costs by almost 50% just by getting all new energy efficient office equipment. 


There’s nothing like not having a monthly energy bill. Complete energy independence. Many states offer great incentives and even tax rebates to help businesses and residents switch to solar power. Thanks to a booming solar industry and a high demand for green and renewable energy, installing solar power has become completely affordable. Many financial options also give business owners several great ways to fund it. And, even though solar requires an initial investment, in almost all cases the amount you pay back each month is less than you were previously paying for energy each month.


We can’t really say enough about your HVAC system. Being the biggest consumer of your energy spend, older HVAC systems often waste a lot of energy. A study done some years ago showed that building owners in New York were wasting upwards of $1,000,000,000 (1 Billions Dollars) due to malfunctioning and in-operational HVAC equipment. 

To help you with this, we offer a unique and proprietary HVAC refurbishment process that not only helps bring your older HVAC system up to like-new condition, but also improves indoor air quality and overall office comfort. 

In Summary

As you can see, there are many things that you can do to reduce your energy costs. We hope that this article helps you. For more ways to save or to see some of our energy solutions, please feel free to contact us. Our consulting services are completely free and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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