Running a successful business today requires constant attention to the bottom line, and business owners must find new avenues to greater performance. Increasingly, energy efficiency is being recognized as an excellent means to cut costs.
At TXU Energy, we believe our customers are best served by being able to realize long-term savings from thinking strategically about their energy consumption. Developing smarter and more efficient ways to use energy remains one of the best ways to accomplish this goal. However, we understand energy efficiency can be daunting, which is why we developed this guidebook.
Why Energy Efficiency?
Energy efficiency can help your organization save time, money, and resources. In addition, energy efficient solutions give you greater control over your energy bills, contribute to a healthier environment, and can increase workplace productivity.
At TXU Energy, we encourage our customers to “Think Differently” about energy efficiency. It’s easy to do, and by taking a few simple steps you can make energy savings a part of your workplace every day.
Energy efficiency is easier than you think! While it does involve planning, once a strategy is set in place, energy efficiency works behind the scenes to stabilize your organization.
The first step is commitment and planning. This usually involves a change in corporate mindset. If you clearly outline the basics of your plan and the benefits it will bring, it will be easy to communicate these aspects to your team.
Get your team involved and on board from the start. Include them in your thinking and train them to think and act differently in energy–efficient ways.
It is often necessary to spend money up front to ensure savings down the line. Know what it will cost at the outset, and secure funding for all new investments before you act. Calculate your returns into your overall strategy, and factor all costs into your long-range savings. As your plan progresses, you will see the energy and monetary savings of your program come to life.
In a typical commercial building, the percentage of energy consumption is as follows:
Examples of other energy consumption items include vending machines, coffee makers, air hand dryers, desk lamps, fans, radios, refrigerators, computers, copiers, and other office equipment. Lighting that is left on 24/7 may increase energy consumption substantially, so be sure to turn lights off when not in use.