While it is simple for smaller businesses to be energy-efficient and decreasing energy expenses, we have all been faced with the issue of cost-efficiency when dealing with daily tasks. For example, we have all faced instances where we are sent documents asking for signatures, and we wonder whether we really need to print to email. If you do, if you really have no choice, the most cost-efficient solution would be to print on both sides of the page.
Unfortunately, purchasing the optimal energy-efficient appliance to complete this cost-efficient task can be expensive. However, it could be far more cost-effective as a long-term investment. Think about using thermal paint windows, upgraded furnaces, or solar power lighting. These items may seem to be irrelevant expenses, but they will be sound long-term investments.
This article will point out further ideas for energy-efficiency investments in small businesses.
- Turning Off The PC
One of the most beneficial means of saving energy and lower expenses is to turn of the work PC and laptop when you plan to be away for long periods of time. It is a commonplace for people in small businesses to leave the computer running to eliminate the time spent logging on in the morning or upon return. However, shutting down can be highly effective in saving energy and reducing costs.
For example, a 120 watt PC can use approximately 249.6 kWh/annum if the user were to work 260 days per year. Considering New York’s current rate of 17.89 cents per kWh, the average overall cost would be $44.65 per annum for each user. This amount could be reduced dramatically if the PC were shut down at the end of the day.
- Power Strips And Unplugging
It is possible to avoid additional wastage of energy by stripping off or unplugging appliances and using power strips instead.
- Change the Way you Heat
Altering the way you heat your office or building could make a big difference to how your business is consuming power. Newer boilers are far more efficient than ones from even the relatively recent past and can make a big difference. It doesn’t have to be new either, there are many used boilers for sale, which means that you can save cash and also heat your property for less.
- Buying Efficient Water Coolers
Energy Star, a joint initiative of the Department of Energy and the EPA, recommended the purchasing and use of efficient water coolers as a means of reducing costs and increasing energy-efficiency. This is due to the fact that the traditional cooler consumes more energy that a medium to large-sized refrigerator.
- Using Compact Fluorescent Lamps
By replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, it is possible to increase energy-efficiency due to them have a greater lifespan. It is also noted that fluorescent lamps will reduce overall energy cost by at least 75%.