Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses

Small-business owners are starting to see higher energy costs, as the oil and natural gas market go beyond what we

Small-business owners are starting to see higher energy costs, as the oil and natural gas market go beyond what we expected.

While many business owners are experiencing the effects of what seems to be non-stop inflation and supply issues, energy costs are also starting to become a concern.

As a small business owner, what can you do to reduce your energy costs and not overpay for your electricity?

In this article, I will discuss energy-saving measures that can help reduce the excessive consumption of energy resources.

In total, electricity costs account for approximately 30% of all costs. Therefore, the use of energy-saving measures allows you to:

  • Reduce production costs.
  • Reduce the likelihood of accidents by updating electrical equipment.
  • Release additional funds for the modernization of capacities and expansion of production.

Energy-saving measure for a business, are similar to things you would do at home but on a larger scale. By taking these simple actions, you will effectively reduce your business’ energy costs and to reduce energy consumption from external sources.

The principle of optimization and economy here is simple and well-known. Relatively speaking, let’s make an example of you moving to a totally different country for a few months for work. For fun let’s say Dubai. Let’s apply the concept of optimization and economy to renting a car, like a long-term SUV rental in Dubai. If you plan to use a car for a long time, then it is better to rent a car immediately for a longer period and save in the end than to use a daily rental service and overpay each time for hiring services.

So, to help you, here are some tips to ensure energy savings for your facility and business that will help to save more money on paying bills.

Energy-Saving Tips

1. If you are cold, do not rush to buy an additional heater.

Step 1. Eliminate all drafts to keep warm. An energy audit will help you identify heat leaks using a special device – a thermal imager. It shows the temperature difference in the room and on different surfaces.

Now eliminate the heat loss. To do this, use eco-friendly insulation made from natural materials: flax, hemp, recycled cellulose (eco wool), cotton, algae.

Step 2. Install closers on the front doors. With the help of a door closer, the door will close itself, and you will keep the heat in the room.

Step 3. Do not block existing heaters. Cabinets, tables, and even curtains can reduce heating efficiency. The heated air must circulate freely around the room from the heater.

Foil placed behind the heater will help to increase the heating efficiency. The foil reflects infrared radiation and prevents it from being spent on heating a cold street wall.

2. Reduce General Energy Consumption 

Step 1. Use light wallpaper or paint in your design. To reduce the use of electric lighting, use natural light as much as possible. To do this, do not forget to wash the windows. A dirty window may block up to 30% of the light from entering the room. If a renovation is ahead of you, make the design in bright colors. A white wall reflects up to 80% of the light falling on it, a black one only 9%.

Step 2. Use LED lamps. Unlike fluorescent lamps, which are also energy-efficient, LED lamps do not contain mercury and do not require special disposal.

Step 3. Use the lighting dimmers (dimmers). With the help of a dimmer, you can adjust the voltage, which allows you to save energy and increase the life of the lamps. In addition, the ability to adjust the brightness of the lighting helps to create a comfortable environment in the room.

Step 4. Install motion sensors in public places (corridor, entrance). Sensors react to movement and turn on the light only when someone is present in the room. The light will not burn idly.

Step 5. Use timers to turn on and turn off electrical appliances. Timers provide automatic switching on and off of devices, which regulates the consumption of electricity.

Step 6. Use appliances with energy efficiency class A or higher. Energy-efficient appliances use less electricity to perform the same functions than less efficient ones.

Step 7. Don’t interfere with the refrigerator! The refrigerator creates cold, and it is not necessary to interfere with this. After all, excess resistance leads to unnecessary waste of electricity:

  • Place the refrigerator away from heat sources,
  • Put only cold food in the refrigerator,
  • Do not keep the door open for a long time,
  • The freezer should not remain empty, if there is nothing to fill it with, put a couple of bottles of water in it.

3. Save Water

Energy is also consumed to supply water and heat it.

Step 1. Install a special nozzle on the “aerator” faucet – it will increase the pressure not with an additional flow of water, but with the help of air bubbles.

Step 2. Install a touchless faucet – it will turn on the water only when you bring your hands to the tap.

Step 3. Monitor the condition of the plumbing in order to fix leaks in time.

Step 4. Use the dishwasher with a full load.

Step 5. Use water-saving appliances and a toilet with two modes of water drainage (for small and large cases).

Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses: Conclusion

Of course, these are not all methods to reduce energy costs. There are many opportunities to improve energy efficiency. But using these tips you can avoid high energy costs, as well as improve the quality of work of your employees.

James Lightning
Senior Editor, Energy Professionals 
(844) 674-5465

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