We know you’re always looking for ways to save your business money, and we can help! Here are six money-saving ideas to help you get the most out of your energy service.
Install Occupancy Sensor Lights
Occupancy sensors turn lights on when someone enters the room and off once the last person leaves. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound in the room while infrared sensors detect motion and body heat. With occupancy sensors you will never have to worry about employees forgetting to turn the lights off again!
Get Tax Breaks for Installing Energy-Efficient Equipment
Businesses can receive up to $1.80 per square foot in tax deductions if an upgrade saves 50 percent or more in heating or cooling energy. Businesses may also receive 30 percent in tax credits on solar or wind energy investments.
Plant Trees Near Windows to Prevent Heat From Getting Inside the Building
Shading your building’s windows can lower your air-conditioning costs anywhere from 15 percent to 50 percent. That’s because shaded areas can be six degrees cooler in the summer than non-shaded areas. Time to go green!
Schedule Work Stations to Hibernate After Hours and on Weekends
Your business can save $50 for each computer that has the hibernate feature activated. Talk about easy money!
Turn Air Conditioning Off For the Last Hour of the Workday
The temperature in the building will slowly rise, but it should remain comfortable until the last person leaves. You can use the same trick for heating in the winter.
Install Solar Panels
Generate your own electricity! The more energy you make on your own, the less you have to get somewhere else. Enter your business’s address into Google’s Project Sunroof to see how many hours of usable sunlight your building has each year, the number of square feet available to install solar panels and your estimated savings.
For more ideas, check out the U.S. Small Business Administration’s guide to energy efficiency. Now go run your energy efficiently ever after.