Even if you’re not enthusiastic about the whole “save our planet” business, you’d probably be interested in saving some money. Considering that lighting and air conditioning are two expenses you have complete control over, you might want to begin cutting costs in that department.
Approximately 30 to 50 percent of all your energy consumption goes into lighting. HVAC air conditioning accounts for around the same figure. Depending on its health, your air conditioning system might even be consuming more electricity than usual. Here are some ideas on how you can cut some of these costs and cut back in other areas.
Chances are you have some computers in the office. While you most likely need these for your operations, putting them on standby mode can really help reduce the amount of money you spend in electricty. Of course, there are many situations in which you can’t do this, but it’s good to keep computers off whenever they’ll sit idly for more than an hour.
Aside from that, there are also two green solutions you can use to make sure that your electrical costs will be minimal:
- EnTouch Controls – This is a wireless and cloud-based solution, coupled with HVAC and lighting controls, that helps you manage energy for your location. You’ll be able to manage energy usage through multiple devices and even set up control for multiple locations. Their holistic solution has a high up-front cost ($1,500 for a lighting controller, for example), but it’s well worth it, especially if you’re living in a state that has many lighting regulations (such as California).
- Nest Learning Thermostat – Marketed to home consumers, the Nest Learning Thermostat has a lot of features that businesses can also use. It automatically learns heating and cooling patterns based on several algorithms it operates with. After setting temperatures for about a week, the thermostat already starts gaining a mind of its own, adjusting itself without your assistance. To learn how it works, watch their video on the subject.
Energy is expensive. Whatever investment you can make to save a dime or two in this area will empower you to make investments elsewhere. It opens new doors and makes your business run less murky.