As a small business, there are countless challenges that you have to overcome. From making a profit to taking care of your staff, there are plenty of things that you need to worry about. Energy consumption is one of the ways that you can plan to save money while still prioritizing the well-being of your business. Unfortunately, small businesses are more likely to struggle with energy waste than other corporate names.
In today’s blog, we are going to touch on a few of the ways that your small business could be wasting energy and how you can ensure that this doesn’t continue to happen. Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.
Leaving devices plugged in and turned on is a huge waste of energy, but it’s not something that we really recognize as a waste of energy. All too often people believe that if they’re not using the device, they aren’t using energy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. One of the devices that are commonly found to be wasting energy is a PC.
If your small business has one or more PCs that are used regularly, it’s good to encourage people to power down their PCs when they aren’t being used. At the very least, it’s good to put computers into standby so that they aren’t wasting any electricity when they’re not being used.
Switch Out Your Bulbs
Lights are usually something that business owners take into consideration when looking at their energy consumption. While the bigger picture may look solid in terms of energy efficiency, you want to make sure that even the smallest details have been taken into consideration. What we mean here is that having a schedule for your lights and turning them off when they aren’t needed is great, but if you’re using lightbulbs that aren’t energy efficient, you’re still wasting energy.
If you haven’t already, make sure to switch out your standard bulbs for energy-efficient lightbulbs. LED bulbs are a little more expensive upfront, but they definitely save you money and help conserve energy in the long-run. An additional perk is that they’re known for lasting much longer than your typical light bulb so you won’t have to worry about changing the bulb as often either!
Unplug Devices That Aren’t Being Used
We touched a little bit on how computers that aren’t being used can contribute to energy consumption, but they are surely not the only device that is wasting energy within your business space. Truth be told, just about any device that is plugged in and not being used is something that you could be wiser about.
A specific example of this and one that we see often is phone chargers. Phone chargers may only be used every once in a while, but would you believe us if we told you that they were using up energy while sitting idle? The truth is that they are! If there are devices that are rarely being used, make sure to unplug them so that they aren’t eating up energy and contributing to your electric bill.
Replace Your Filters
Air filters do so much for a business space. Aside from providing you with clean air and reducing the amount of allergens within the building, air filters ensure that your HVAC unit is only working as much as it needs to. If, however, you aren’t changing your air filters regularly, you can count on your HVAC unit working more than it needs to, eating up energy, and raising your bills.
Rather than let this be the case for your business, make sure that you are always on top of whether or not your air filter needs to be changed. Depending on the type of business that you’re running, this may only need to happen twice a year. For businesses with heavy foot traffic or that have animals in the space, this may need to happen every couple of months. Use your discretion as to whether or not it’s time, but make sure that you’re always staying on top of this task.
Let Energy Network Solutions Help
When you’re ready to learn more about the ways that you can improve the energy consumption of your small business, Energy Network Solutions can help. We provide full energy consulting services so that small business just like yourself can make the changes for a more efficient tomorrow. Contact us today to schedule your energy consultation or for any other service inquiries you have.