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10 Ways Your Business Can Save Money by Saving Energy

14 November 2010 No Comment

By Helen Kaiao Chang

1. Get an energy audit. This can help you identify areas where your business can save money. San Diego Gas & Electric offers free energy audits, energy efficiency services, and rebates. Tel: 1-800-336-SDGE (7343). Web: sdge.com

2. Change the lightbulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, and they last 10 times longer. Savings: $20 per bulb annually.

3. Use occupancy sensors. These sensors automatically turn lights off, when people leave the room. Savings: up to 40 percent.

4. Turn off computers when not in use. Turning off computers during the nights and weekends conserves energy. Savings: up to $80 a year per computer.

5. Keep air-conditioners clean. Cleaning or replacing dirty filters will help them run more efficiently. (Ok, maybe you don’t control the air-conditioners in your building, but you can still do other things.) Savings: more than $150 per year, per air conditioner.

7. Adjust thermostats. Lowering the temperature two degrees in winter and raising it two degrees in summer can cut costs. Savings: varies according to office size.

8. Check the water heater. Keeping the water heater’s thermostat at 120° F is sufficient for most uses. Savings: 10 degrees lowered can save 5 percent on costs.

9. Use window blinds. Using blinds, films or solar screens to block sunlight helps cool the building. Savings: depends on office size.

10. Buy equipment with the ENERGY STAR® symbol. These products, which meet federal energy-efficiency standards, span a huge range, including: laptops, printers, photocopy machines, water coolers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Savings: up to 70 percent in energy costs.

- Sources: sdge.com, energystar.gov, stopglobalwarming.org, ecologyactioncenter.org

More Resources for Industry Energy Savings:
- energystar.gov – real estate, healthcare, hospital, industrial and retail industries- 1.eere.gov – manufacturing, chemicals, glass, and automation industries- usgbc.org – building, design, construction, architecture


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