In addition to properly managing your energy portfolio, there are a number of ways to optimize your company’s winter energy dollars. Many of these take little time and effort—and can save you thousands each year!
- Turn off lights and large equipment when they are not in use, and—if possible—consider using large machinery and appliances during off-peak energy hours. Shifting heavy energy use to early mornings, late nights and weekends may be an effective strategy for your business. Ask your Metromedia (MME) energy representative about potential savings.
- Select energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR®-rated products when you have the option. Not only do ENERGY STAR appliances reduce your carbon footprint; they offer energy savings without sacrificing equipment performance.
- Invest in an energy audit. Energy audits are conducted by local utility companies or professional energy auditors. The auditor should (1) thoroughly inspect your business or facility; (2) conduct thermographic scans; and (3) make detailed recommendations about how to save money on electricity and natural gas.
- Use programmable thermostats throughout your facility. Set workspace temperatures to approximately 68 degrees when in use, and lower the temperature to between 55 and 60 degrees when empty. These temperature changes can save up to 3% per degree (between 60 and 70 degrees). Thermostats should also have locking covers so employees and guests do not inadvertently adjust them.
- Make lighting adjustments. Utilizing effective task lighting rather than general, overhead lights can save between 10 and 15 percent on energy bills. You may also wish to install automatic lighting controls so lighting dollars aren’t wasted on unoccupied workspaces.
- Schedule regular heating and ventilation inspections. Proper filter replacement and equipment cleaning keeps HVAC equipment running efficiently. In addition, ductwork and pipe insulation should be regularly inspected and maintained for optimal performance.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many businesses are also revisiting their emergency power plans. If you do not have an outage plan in place, gather emergency supplies and discuss steps to ensure the safety of personnel and guests during the next hurricane or winter storm.
For more information about saving money and improving the energy efficiency of your warehouse, facility or small business, contact the energy procurement specialists at MME. Since we’re not affiliated with the local utility, you can be assured that your customized energy strategy will be delivered at the lowest-possible cost. Click here to request a quote, or email firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information.