Many business owners plan to spend more over the cold winter months, but there are many ways that you can actually cut costs over the winter. 

According to ENERGY STAR, small businesses in the United States spend approximately $60 billion every year on energy costs alone. Energy management is incredibly important in this day and age, but many companies are unsure about it because they believe that the upfront costs will be too high. Our experts are here to tell you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to save a lot of energy. The following is a list of a few tips to help your small business to save more energy this winter.

#1. Make sure that your heating and cooling system is properly maintained. 

Maintenance is a very important, albeit often overlooked, thing for your heating and cooling system. Not only does maintenance keep your system working properly and extend its life, it also helps it to work efficiently. Even the most energy efficient systems will decline and become less efficient without regular maintenance.

#2. Take advantage of the sun!

One of the best ways to warm up your office building without cranking up the heater is to use the sun’s natural heat and light. When the sun is out, open up the shades in your building and let it warm you up.

#3. Set your thermostat a bit lower. 

The ideal temperature in an office building is around 68°F, and in most cases, you’ll save around 4-5% of your energy costs for every degree of heating. It’s also a good idea to turn the heat down at the end of the day when all of your employees leave. There’s no sense in heating an empty building!

Want to learn about more ways your small business can save this winter? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.