If you run a small business, you know that every dollar counts. Conserving your business’s energy use is a good way to reduce your monthly expenses so you can spend your money in areas that will help your business grow. Your company can benefit from these energy efficiency tips for small businesses.
Pay attention to the areas in which your business uses the most energy and monitor your bills. Consider getting an energy audit to determine your baseline energy use and identify opportunities to reduce your consumption.
Whether your business is conducted in an office or a storefront, check the lightbulbs in your space and upgrade any incandescent bulbs to LEDs. Not only will LEDs use less energy, but they will also last much longer (which means you spend less time changing light bulbs).
On bright, sunny days, why not turn the lights off and let the natural sunlight shine in? Or if you really want to put the sun to work for your business, consider installing solar panels, which is not only good for your business’s bank account, but this renewable energy source is environmentally friendly.
Use high-efficiency products whenever you can. Products with the ENERGY STAR symbol meet strict specification for energy performance. According to Natural Resources Canada, an ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance. saving energy saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment”. You can find ENERGY STAR products for your lighting, heating and cooling, windows, doors, electronics, appliances and more.
It’s important to remember that energy conservation is not just about the equipment you use; there is a human element. That’s why it’s important to get your staff involved. Create awareness and processes to spread the word about the benefits of energy conservation to your small business. Staff members who are involved with the day-to-day operations of your small business may even be able to provide more insights and ideas to better optimise specific areas of your business.
Beyond the reduction of your bills, you may be able to find further savings through energy efficiency incentives for small businesses. Look for rebates and incentives for energy efficiency projects.
Further training can help you operate your business as energy efficiently as possible. Explore the CIET training calendar to find upcoming training opportunities in your province, or contact CIET for custom training. This is a great option for businesses with specific training needs.
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