When you’re running a business, overhead costs can dip into profits. One way to cut down on your overhead costs is to make your office more energy efficient. Not only is this a great way to reduce your business expenses, but it’s also an easy way for you to do your part to help the environment. In this guide, we’ll go over 4 easy tips you can use to help make your business more energy efficient.
Get Your HVAC Cleaned
When your HVAC system gets clogged with dust and debris, it has to work harder to ventilate and condition your air. An annual cleaning will wipe out that dust and debris, ensuring that your HVAC system works at maximum capacity. A professional HVAC technician will not just clean your filter, but will also clean your coils and ducts and will be able to tell you if any part of your HVAC system needs to be upgraded.
Program Your Thermostats
One mistake business owners often make is leaving the thermostat alone at night. When there are no employees in the building, it doesn’t need to be as comfortable as during the daytime. By programming your thermostats, you can keep the office a little cooler at night and save on heating expenses. In the summertime, the opposite is true: at night, when employees are absent, you can turn off the AC and prevent energy waste.
Turn Equipment Off at the End of the Day
Even when electronics and other equipment are switched off, they use up “phantom energy” — a small amount of energy that seeps through the outlets and adds up over time. Plug things like printers and scanners into surge protectors. That way, you can just flip the switch on the entire outlet at the end of the night and eliminate phantom energy waste.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Equipment
Holding onto old, outdated equipment could be costing your business money. As equipment ages, it becomes less and less efficient. Upgrading to energy-efficient equipment, while costly in the short-term, can save you thousands of dollars over time. That’s money directly in your pocket.
Though there’s little that can be done about your business’s fixed expenses, variable expenses, such as fuel and electricity, can be reduced with some conscious effort. By taking steps to make your business more energy-efficient, you can reduce overhead costs and increase profits. For more information on how we can help you clean, service, and upgrade your HVAC system to make your office more energy-efficient, contact us today.