Running a business is no easy feat, and in today’s “do more with less” culture, energy efficiency may not be high on your list of priorities. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to make your business more energy efficient and improve your overall business efficiency in the process. Here are three things you can do to get the ball rolling.
Compare Rates from Third-Party Energy Suppliers
Our commercial and industrial electric and natural gas customers have the opportunity to choose the company that supplies their energy – an option often referred to as customer choice. Customers who purchase their energy from a competitive supplier still receive delivery service from Unitil, and we’ll still respond to service requests and emergencies. When choosing a retail energy supplier, it’s important to do your homework. Visit provider websites to view pricing and plan options, but be sure to look into the supplier's credit rating, their customer service, and technology offerings.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Have you ever arrived at the office on a Monday morning, only to find that the heat or air-conditioning spent the weekend working overtime? Consider making the switch to a smart thermostat. A number of leading models have a range of energy-saving features – including usage analysis, motion sensors that detect when people are present, etc. Mobile and web-based applications allow you to stay ahead of changes in the weather and make adjustments on the fly.
PRO TIP: Using a laptop computer instead of a desktop system can save 80 to 90% on electricity.
Turn the Lights Off
Sure, it’s common sense, but there’s more than one way to encourage energy conservation at the office that will not only save money, but create a more comfortable workspace. Not only does overlighting drive up your energy bill, but it can also cause other problems like glare, eyestrain, and headaches.
- Replace outdated, inefficient, or redundant lighting fixtures
- Take advantage of natural light when possible
- Make the switch from broad, overhead lighting to more concentrated task lighting
- Install occupancy sensors on fixtures in bathrooms and conference rooms
- Encourage employees to turn off lights and equipment when not in use