Even if you take the usual steps to save energy in your business, there’s likely plenty of room for improvement. Following are some great ways to conserve energy and save money in your Northwest Arkansas business.
Energy Conservation Tips for Businesses
- Use ceiling fans to supplement air conditioning in the summer. While the air movement won’t actually cool the air, it will make individuals feel cooler, which is just as good. The bonus is that you can turn up the thermostat a few degrees and save on energy without anyone noticing.
- Avoid using large equipment during peak energy-use hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Turn off lights and equipment after hours and in unused offices and rooms.
- When you’re not using computers, printers and other electronics, either turn them off or put them in “sleep” mode.
- Manage your window shades and blinds strategically. In the summer, close them to block sunshine from entering offices and other rooms. This will quickly warm up a room and force the A/C to work harder to compensate.
- If your office building still uses old-style manual thermostats, switch them out for programmable thermostats. You can set energy-saving setbacks for when the building is empty and then forget about it. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy great savings on your energy bills as well.
- If you have a large space for your business or more than one level, consider getting a zoning system for independent temperature control on each floor or area.
- Switch out inefficient fluorescent light bulbs with LEDs and CFLs. Over the long term, upgrading lighting will save substantial money.
- Schedule annual maintenance for your building’s heating and cooling system, or make sure the building owner does this. Not only will this help maintain comfort, but it will also save energy.
The aforementioned energy conservation tips for businesses are by no means an exhaustive list. For more information on saving energy in your business or home, please contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy conservation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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