Managing costs is one of the most significant priorities in running a business. You can look at many things when assessing your operating costs, and your expense on electricity is one of them. Unlike residential buildings, electricity expenses on commercial buildings can be pretty substantial. Commercial spaces are usually bigger and rely on large electronic appliances and devices. Therefore, it's imperative to identify ways to make your commercial building more energy efficient. With that in mind, here some practical tips worth implementing.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting
What kind of bulbs do you use? If you still rely on traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, they could be part of the reasons you deal with high electricity bills every month. These bulbs generally require more energy to work. Therefore, upgrade to more energy-efficient alternatives like LEDs. Besides using less energy, they also last longer, giving you the best of both worlds when considering energy efficiency and durability.
CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are other energy-efficient options to consider for your commercial building. Unlike the conventional fluorescent bulbs, they are more compact and easy to retrofit, bringing you both the incandescent lights' convenience and fluorescent light's energy efficiency.
Motion sensing lights in individual offices, conference rooms and bathrooms are also excellent ways to save your energy bills. They come in handy in situations where someone accidentally forgets to switch off the lights.
Control Your Indoor Temperatures Effectively
Heating or cooling your commercial indoor spaces is essential to make everyone feel comfortable. However, you can end up with high monthly bills if you are doing it incorrectly. First, invest in a programmable thermostat. This is a quick way to set your heating and cooling system's on and off cycle in line with the working hours. Like motion-sensing lights, a programmable thermostat ensures no energy goes to waste when no one is around.
Simple routines such as shutting windows when heating the commercial space during cold months and opening them when it's hot can also come in handy. Closing windows prevents heat loss, ensuring your heating system doesn't work harder than it should. Opening them when it's hot also means you won't need your cooling system to be on for long.
Inspect and Repair Faulty Appliances
Appliances such as refrigerators, vending machines, and water coolers tend to consume a lot of energy. Therefore, make it a habit to inspect them regularly and repair them if they are faulty. If they are old, replace them with newer and more energy-efficient models.
Contact a commercial electrician for more information.