80 easy, low-cost energy saving tips for your business


Lighting

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    Business Tip #1

    Turn off lights when not in use.

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    Business Tip #2

    Turn off outdoor lighting during the day.

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    Business Tip #3

    Use free “daylighting” to reduce need for artificial light. Adjust lighting to your facility’s actual needs.

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    Business Tip #4

    Clean windows and skylights regularly to let in more natural daylight.

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    Business Tip #5

    Make sure bulbs, fixtures, lenses and reflective surfaces are cleaned regularly to increase the output of your lights.

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    Business Tip #6

    Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a CFL or LED bulb.

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    Business Tip #7

    When purchasing bulbs, check the lumens. Higher lumens equals more light.

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    Business Tip #8

    Install occupancy and daylight sensors.

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    Business Tip #9

    Install ENERGY STAR® qualified exit signs.

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    Business Tip #10

    Consider painting the walls of your business in light colors. Since light bounces off walls and ceilings, you’ll get more light with lighter colors.

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    Business Tip #11

    Don’t over-light your facility. In addition to costing more, too much light can cause eyestrain, headaches and glare.

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    Business Tip #12

    Consider upgrading from T12 tubes to more efficient T8 fluorescent lamp tubes.

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    Business Tip #13

    Make sure your security lights are on a timer or photoelectric control so they turn on and off automatically as needed.

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    Business Tip #14

    When making new lighting purchases, look for products that are ENERGY STAR qualified to ensure energy savings.`

HVAC

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    Business Tip #15

    Have your HVAC system tuned up regularly. For best results, keep it tuned with an annual maintenance contract.

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    Business Tip #16

    Replace (or clean) HVAC filters regularly.

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    Business Tip #17

    During cooling season, keep your thermostat set at 78-80° F when the building is occupied and 85° F when it is not. During heating season, set the thermostat at 68° F when the building is occupied and 55-60° when it is not.

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    Business Tip #18

    Keep furniture from blocking registers and vents.

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    Business Tip #19

    Inspect and repair worn or cracked caulking and weather stripping on all doors, windows and any areas where leakage could occur.

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    Business Tip #20

    Install drapes, shutters or window film to prevent unwanted heat loss and heat gain.

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    Business Tip #21

    Install a programmable thermostat to control your HVAC system more efficiently.

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    Business Tip #22

    Install and/or use locking devices on your thermostat to maintain efficient settings.

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    Business Tip #23

    In larger facilities with energy management systems, make sure temperature set points and operating schedules are correct for the controlled equipment.

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    Business Tip #24

    Use ceiling fans to keep the air moving. Ceiling fans can reduce energy use during both heating and cooling seasons.

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    Business Tip #25

    Don’t over-heat your facility. Use supplemental heating equipment for hard to-heat areas.

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    Business Tip #26

    Make sure your air conditioning unit is installed in a shady area.

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    Business Tip #27

    Don’t heat or cool unused areas. Close doors and vents to reduce energy use.

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    Business Tip #28

    Keep exterior windows and doors closed when HVAC is in use.

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    Business Tip #29

    When heating, close curtains, shades and blinds at night to retain heat.

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    Business Tip #30

    Repair old valves and steam traps.

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    Business Tip #31

    Consider tightening your building shell and adding insulation to reduce leakage.

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    Business Tip #32

    Consider installing energy recovery ventilation systems to reclaim waste energy from the exhaust air stream and use it to condition the incoming fresh air.

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    Business Tip #33

    Consider installing specifying economizers. These units draw in fresh air from the outside when the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature.

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    Business Tip #34

    For facilities that have on-site heat generating processes such as cooking, consider heat recovery as a way to capture waste heat and use it to offset energy use.

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    Business Tip #35

    For areas such as warehouses, garages, waiting areas and patios, consider installing radiant heat. Radiant heat warms objects instead of the air, and uses less fuel and energy than traditional heating.

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    Business Tip #36

    Make sure all of your equipment is properly sized for your facility.

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    Business Tip #37

    Consider using a demand controlled ventilation system to meet the internal loads of your building.

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    Business Tip #38

    Install variable speed drives (VSDs) on large motor loads to reduce energy use.

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    Business Tip #39

    When replacing old motors, look for premium efficiency motors that operate at a lower annual cost. Make sure to get the proper sized motor for the application.

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    Business Tip #40

    When replacing your HVAC system, look for a highly efficient ENERGY STAR qualified system.

Kitchen Equipment

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    Business Tip #41

    Make sure there is room in front of your refrigerator/freezer to allow cold air to circulate better.

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    Business Tip #42

    Clean the condensor coils on your refrigerator at least twice per year.

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    Business Tip #43

    Make sure the condensor coils on your refrigerator are at least two inches away from the wall.

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    Business Tip #44

    Check to see if cold air is escaping around the door seal of your refrigerator. If it is, adjust or replace the seal.

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    Business Tip #45

    Service large refrigeration systems annually.

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    Business Tip #46

    Consider retrofitting existing refrigerators with anti-sweat door heater controls and variable speed evaporator fan motors and controls.

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    Business Tip #47

    Set the refrigerator thermometer at 38 42° F and your freezer at 0-5° F.

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    Business Tip #48

    Do not under or over-load your refrigerator or freezer.

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    Business Tip #49

    Separate your kitchen’s cooling equipment from your cooking equipment to reduce the energy use of your refrigerator.

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    Business Tip #50

    If your business uses ice makers, make sure to choose a machine with the right amount of power and capacity for your facility.

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    Business Tip #51

    Make sure your oven doors fit tightly by adjusting door latches.

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    Business Tip #52

    Buy insulated cooking equipment whenever possible.

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    Business Tip #53

    Use insulated night covers on display cases.

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    Business Tip #54

    When making new kitchen equipment purchases, look for ENERGY STAR qualified products to ensure that your kitchen is as energy efficient as possible.

Other Tips

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    Business Tip #55

    Turn the water heater down to 120° F (if codes allow).

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    Business Tip #56

    Repair any leaky faucets or pipes promptly.

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    Business Tip #57

    Keep your hot water hot by making sure pipes in unheated areas are well insulated.

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    Business Tip #58

    Only use hot water when necessary.

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    Business Tip #59

    Consider installing water saving faucets.

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    Business Tip #60

    When purchasing a new water heater, buy the most efficient model possible. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to ensure savings.

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    Business Tip #61

    Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged.

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    Business Tip #62

    Plug electronic devices into an easy-to reach power strip and turn it off when the devices are not in use.

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    Business Tip #63

    Use the energy saving feature or sleep mode on office equipment that is not in use, when it is available.

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    Business Tip #64

    Turn off office equipment at night.

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    Business Tip #65

    When buying new computers, consider laptops rather than desktop models.

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    Business Tip #66

    Manually turn off computer monitors when they are not in use, rather than using the screen saver.

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    Business Tip #67

    Install plug load controllers in cubicles to control multiple loads like monitors, task lights and fans. They use a motion sensor with a plug load surge suppressor, so inactive equipment can be shut down when the cubicle is unoccupied.

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    Business Tip #68

    Consider using ink-jet printers. They use 90% less energy than laser printers.

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    Business Tip #69

    Think about your facility’s actual needs when purchasing. Avoid purchasing more or less power and capacity than you need, especially when purchasing copiers.

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    Business Tip #70

    Encourage employees to use double-sided printing and copying whenever possible.

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    Business Tip #71

    Upgrade to energy efficient LCD computer monitors.

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    Business Tip #72

    When upgrading or purchasing new office equipment, always look for ENERGY STAR qualified products to ensure energy efficiency.

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    Business Tip #73

    Turn off the lights in your facility’s vending machines to reduce energy use.

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    Business Tip #74

    Place your vending machines in cool, shaded areas.

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    Business Tip #75

    Consider retrofitting your elevators with new, more efficient motors and drives.

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    Business Tip #76

    Train staff on proper maintenance procedures to ensure the most efficient use of office equipment.

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    Business Tip #77

    Encourage your employees to be aware of energy efficiency and to give their ideas of how energy can be saved at your facility.

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    Business Tip #78

    Consider forming an energy team at your business that will be responsible for discovering and pursuing energy efficiency opportunities at your facility.

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    Business Tip #79

    Compare your equipment’s efficiency ratings with the benchmarks available on www.energystar.gov to identify your facility’s inefficiencies.

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    Business Tip #80

    Call Consumers Energy at 877-607-0737 to set up a free energy assessment of your facility, and let us help you find opportunities to save.