Reduce the Impact of Rising Energy Costs
by Tom McBride, Partners for Creative Solutions, Inc.
Rapidly rising energy costs are placing heavy pressure on many
business budgets. To help reduce the
impact we have assembled a list of tips for businesses, many of which can be
implemented quickly at little or no cost.
Getting started - Begin by
encouraging employees to be energy conscious.
Call your local utility to arrange an energy audit of your facility and
learn about their energy rebate programs.
Lighting costs are substantial for
|Turn computers (at least monitors) and other office equipment off at night
and on weekends. Utilize power management settings to save energy during
work hours. Smart power strips can sense the presence of people and can turn
off certain equipment when not in use. Photocopiers use as much energy as
5-7 desktop computers.|
|Laptops, inkjet printers and flat panel (LCD) displays use 90% less energy
than their desktop, laser, and CRT counterparts.|
|Reevaluate any practice of leaving industrial equipment on at night or on
|Shift use of heavy electrical equipment to "off peak" hours to
avoid peak use charges. Learn about peak hours from your local utility.|
|Replace leaking seals and gaskets on freezers, ovens, and similar
|Replace large, highly used, electrical motors with high efficiency units.|