Saving energy in commercial office buildings

Especially in times like these – if you’re a business owner – every cent counts. Even in normal economic conditions, keeping expenses low is a key to maintaining your businesses’ profitability. One of the biggest areas of wasteful spending and needless expense is energy usage.

Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about how your business can trim those excessive energy bills at the office so that you can use that money in places where it’s better used. Let’s jump right in!

Take advantage of power management settings on equipment

Most every device or piece of office equipment has some sort of energy saving setting or mode that you can use. Don’t take these things for granted. You shouldn’t have to stroll past a computer and see a screen saver; you should be seeing a black screen sleep mode. And as for things like copy machines – you can save as much as 30% just by using energy saver settings. 

Maintenance and more maintenance

Whether it’s office equipment or your HVAC systems – all of these things use energy and will cost you money to run. When they’re not working properly – not only will they cost you more month to month to operate, but they’ll cost you more money to fix as well. Make sure that whatever you have in your place of business – that you have some sort of monthly/annual maintenance plan with your service provider. 

Yes, it might seem like more money out the door at first, but compared to the costs associated with malfunctioning assets and repairs, it’s a drop in the bucket. Don’t let these things slide by the wayside. 

Get an energy audit

Especially if you’re working with a lot of technology, we highly recommend that you get an electrician to perform an energy audit. Sometimes you’d be really surprised to see the places where money is flying out the door; things you wouldn’t have thought of, considered or even thought to address using the naked eye. 

Audits are important, too; because they not only help you find hidden problem spots, but they also provide you with a road map as to what you need to do in order to have your energy usage exactly where you want it to be. You’ll know what equipment isn’t working right, what is, what is old and might need replacing and what could use some tweaking. It’s tough to find where you’re going with a blindfold on – and not getting an audit is a bit like that. Know where you need to go. 

Don’t take automation for granted

While we’d love to tell you that power management defaults are a big cost saver, sometimes they don’t work correctly and it’ll take a little light diligence on your part to make sure that they’re functioning as intended. Sometimes employees get lazy and tweak settings or turn up a thermostat – or something silly happens. No one’s asking you to be dedicating substantial time to this daily, but just try to make it part of your passing, daily observations when you’re walking through your office. 

Updates are worth it

Updating things like server rooms, thermostats and computers can seem expensive up front and in some cases, they are. That being said, the cost savings you can experience over the long haul is substantial and significant. If you have some systems that are a little long in the tooth, don’t bemoan your situation and complain that you have to spend money. Consider it an opportunity to invest in your business; an investment that’ll save you money over the long haul. 

Hopefully these tips will help you save some money and maintain a more active role in your businesses’ energy management. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give us a call today and set up a free consultation. Good luck!