Your commercial utility bills are not a place where you typically think of saving money. Most companies pay them and consider it a fixed cost. But that’s not the case. There are many ways you can reduce your bills with minimal effort.
Depending on the size of your business and facility, this could mean thousands of extra dollars on your P&L. This is a list of the top ways you can save money every month.
Turn the Power Off
Computers left on overnight, printers, lights, the list can go on and on. While this seems like an obvious way to save, you will be surprised at the number of things left on overnight. Make it part of the evening check off the list to ensure everyone turns off their monitors and computers.
Energy Tracking Software
For many companies, a small investment in using energy tracking software can be just the thing for making this a real possibility. Easy to use graphs and charts that will track the usage of your utilities while offering fast and easy to read options for lowering and maintaining your energy levels.
Software like this is a must for any business that can stand to gain thousands of dollars a year with the implementing of energy saving practices.
Over 20% of all commercial electric bills are lighting costs. By spending a little bit of money up front and installing timers and dimmers, you can stand to save a substantial amount on electric.
Consider meeting rooms that are not being used all the time. With these rooms, you can even install motion sensors that will bring on the lights when the door is opened, or someone enters the room. If you install these in other less trafficked areas, you should see a drop in your electric bill.
Consider using a timer on your thermostat. You can program the thermostat to adjust on the weekends and at night. In the summertime, this will save on energy.
Set a minimum and maximum temperature depending on the season and you can even program it to begin working a couple of hours before the staff begins to arrive.
Have your HVAC system checked and maintained on a regular basis. It is essential to check the ducts and filters because as they begin to clog, the system must work harder to keep the office cool.
Blocked vents can cause an unexpected spike in your bill during the hot summer months.
Commit this year to begin and energy conservation plan. Making small changes in your office can make vast differences on your bottom line. Search for areas of improvement such as changing to a more energy efficient light bulbs, and energy saving office equipment.
Once you are working with these, you can even decide to leap solar energy. Using an energy tracking software should be an essential part of your yearly budget and planning.