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It’s No Trick: These Easy Swaps Can Save Your Business or Facility Money on Energy Costs
All Year Long

Making a commitment to saving energy and lowering your business’s carbon footprint can sometimes mean making an investment in upgrades or improvements, or making critical decisions that require the whole team’s input and lots of planning. But saving energy doesn't have to feel scary.

In addition to some of the “big ticket” items, there are plenty of easy, quick swaps you can make this month that will help lower your monthly energy bills and increase the comfort of your office or facility.

Here are just a few:

  • Swap your current thermostat for a programmable or smart thermostat: Smart thermostats let you control the temperature in your building from anywhere and are an easy way to lower your overall energy usage. Lower the temperature a few degrees when no one is in the office, and adjust it accordingly during regular business hours.
  • Update your exit signs: Did you know installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified exit signs can save up to $10 dollars in energy costs per sign, annually, and can lower your business’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Replace old light bulbs with LEDs: Easily save on your lighting maintenance costs by investing in ENERGY STAR® lightbulbs, they’ll last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lighting. In addition to being more efficient, it will even help reduce your cooling costs since they produce very little heat.
  • Get rid of phantom energy culprits: You may not realize it, but energy-vampires - or devices that continue to use energy even in “stand-by” mode - can cause energy bills to skyrocket. Plugging devices like computers, televisions, and even coffee machines into advanced power strips will help you save money and energy by ensuring these phantom energy-wasters are actually powered down when they’re no longer in use.
  • Increase the efficiency of your building’s water usage: Water-efficient fixtures can reduce water and sewer bills for businesses by up to 30 percent. Identify opportunities to install low-flow showerheads, sink faucets, hot water heat pumps, and even toilets throughout your office or facility and watch the energy savings add up.

Last updated November 4, 2021