One of the biggest energy costs for businesses is the management and maintenance of temperature. It's important for employee comfort, business productivity, and for product freshness. Here are a few ways you can feel a big difference in costs, without feeling a big difference in temperature.
Set up a regular maintenance contract for your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system on an annual basis, or as recommended by your manufacturer. The cost will be about $100 or more per unit, but you could recoup those costs easily through lower energy bills.
Air Conditioning and Heating
You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F when your business is open, and lowering it when your business is closed. In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your office warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F when you are at the office.
Daily use of your HVAC equipment will degrade the efficiency over time. Consistent monitoring and filter changes will reduce energy costs and extend the life span of your equipment.
Older thermostats turn the HVAC on and off based on temperature, so they heat and cool your buildings all night. Programmable thermostats, on the other hand, turn on the HVAC one hour before you arrive in the morning.
Plug the leaks in your offices or buildings with weather-stripping and caulking. This will reduce the exchange of air through cracks in your windows, doors, and any other holes. Too many leaks can make work environments drafty or clammy, and can make heating or cooling very expensive.