Winter Energy-Saving Tips For Businesses: Preventing High Bills

Winter is going to arrive sooner than you think, and this year is slated to be a chiller. Do you have an energy-saving plan in mind to survive another icy winter?

If you’re a northeast-based business, you already know what it was like going through the Polar Vortex in 2015 and Winter Storm Jonas in early 2016. Running a business isn’t easy during these kinds of winter storms, and you likely had to pay heavy energy bills.

It pays to think ahead and apply some winter energy-saving tips for businesses before the cold weather hits. Some tips might look obvious, though there are others that are easy to forget.

What’s important is to do an audit of your business and see where you could potentially cut costs on energy through the winter. Sometimes it requires hiring someone to perform specific tasks, but it’s worth the effort for the money you save later.

Using Equipment and Heating During Off-Peak Hours

It makes sense to relegate all use of your largest business equipment to times when you’re not using as much electricity. Generally, off-peak hours are before 4pm and after 7pm. If you can realistically do this to maintain operations, you’re going to save exponentially during the winter when you’re steadily experiencing higher energy bills.

As for heating the building, you obviously want your workers to feel comfortable during particularly cold weeks. The best way to approach this so you avoid excessive heat bills is to set your thermostat at around 65 to 68 degrees during the day. During unoccupied times, setting it between 60 to 65 degrees keeps equipment protected without using more heat than you need.

More Energy-Efficient Lighting

While you’ve maybe tackled how to save money on heating your business for winter, what about lighting? Some businesses inadvertently leave lights on all night without realizing how much energy they’re wasting.

A few employees of yours may work late into the night and forget to turn off the lights. The best policy is to remind them to turn them off when they leave the premises.

Using task lighting rather than overhead lighting is another great way to save money if you have to leave some lights on for overnight cleaning. Fluorescent lights or LED bulbs are still the most energy-efficient lights available.

Winter Energy-Saving Tips For Businesses: Preventing High Bills

Powering Down Computers

You may forget that your computers draw power if you decide to leave them on all night. Simply placing your computers into sleep mode saves some money. Plus, using computers designated with the Energy Star logo means you’ll own more energy-efficient technology.

Maybe your business closes for holiday break in December. Remember to shut down your computers completely then, unless you need one operating for remote access from home.

Saving Energy on Food Equipment, and Other Businesses

It’s possible you own a restaurant or other type of food service. The winter could become harsh on your energy bill if you don’t think seriously about cutting back on energy costs.

One good method to reduce your electricity bill is to keep your refrigerator full so it stays colder longer for less frequent cycles. In addition, regular maintenance is a must for energy savings. Don’t overlook regular checks on all your kitchen equipment, HVAC system, cleaning light fixtures, and air filters.

While we mention food establishments, all northeast businesses from hotels to car dealerships should think about saving energy through winter, including turning off lights/computers at night, reducing heat, and maintaining proper insulation.