How To Make Your Business Energy Efficient

How To Make Your Business Energy Efficient
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    You’ve started a small business.

    You’ve chosen a name, built a plan, and chosen a location, and now you’ve moved into your own building.

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You’ve started a small business. You’ve chosen a name, built a plan, and chosen a location, and now you’ve moved into your own building. How will your business affect the environment around you? Learn how to make your business energy-efficient, and the Earth will thank you in the long run.

Harness the Power of the Sun

Solar panels have been gaining traction for both homeowners and businesses through the past decade. They’ve grown in popularity because they’re easy and effective ways to reduce the use of petroleum products while making use of a free natural resource. You can also take advantage of the sun to light up your office, reducing the need for additional overhead lighting and extra energy expenditure.

Properly Insulate Your Space

When a building is drafty in the winter, perhaps due to cracks or gaps around the windows, turning up the thermostat is only a temporary fix before that wonderful warm air seeps through the cracks and leaves your office cold again.

Long-lasting insulation will ensure the cold air stays outside so that your thermostat doesn’t have to use extra energy to keep you and your employees warm on wintry days.

Multiple options are available for window insulation, including weatherproofing strips, insulation film, and caulk. You can even utilize spray foam, which tightly and permanently seals up cracks and gaps around windows to keep out drafts for good.

Consult an HVAC Specialist

Ensure your building is maintained regularly. Once a year, have an HVAC contractor tune up your system; in the meantime, check your air filters often. The more frequently you heat or air-condition your office, the more particles in the air those filters trap.

Dirty filters will inevitably put a strain on the thermostat and the amount of energy it uses, but new filters are inexpensive and easy to install. A building that’s maintained regularly will use up unnecessary energy and cost you, the business owner, more money.

Maintain a good working relationship with your HVAC specialists and have them audit your system when they perform their annual tune-ups. They may have valuable recommendations for system upgrades that will more efficiently conserve energy.

Network with Other Businesses

Chances are, you’re not the only small business owner in your area eager to promote energy-efficiency. Talk to other small business owners and ask what they’re doing to conserve energy. Are there networking events or meetings in your area? Attend regularly and get to know the business owners in your area. You may get valuable ideas from talking to others with the same goal.

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Energy-efficiency and conservation don’t have to be costly or labor-intensive. Taking care of the environment can, in fact, be as easy as insulating your windows and letting in more sunshine. With these tips on how to make your business energy-efficient, you can focus on growing and expanding your business without putting added stress on the Earth.

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