Learn how to increase energy savings for your business

Use the information on this page to help your business reduce energy consumption. The tips are categorized by:

  • Equipment type
  • Time of Use
  • Peak Day Pricing Event Days participation

 

Read tips on saving energy by equipment type

Learn how you can save time, energy and money before replacing or adding equipment. Contact a PG&E representative, or visit our website for details about rebates for new equipment and other energy solutions. To speak with a representative, call our Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. You can also get industry-specific information online. Visit Find money saving solutions for your business.

Expand the following sections to get tips on saving energy by equipment type.

Use the following energy-saving tips for your office equipment:

  • Turn off all office equipment and lights every night and weekend. If you can't turn off computers, turn off monitors and printers.
  • When purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR® models that shut down or hibernate after a user-specified period of inactivity.
  • If appropriate, use laptop computers, which consume 90 percent less energy than standard desktop computers.
  • Use inkjet printers.
  • Use email instead of printing or faxing documents.
  • If you must print, reuse paper and print double-sided, when possible.

Use the following tips to help you save energy with your lighting solutions:

  • Retrofit T12 lights with magnetic ballasts to T8 lights with electronic ballasts.
  • Replace incandescent light lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
  • Consider removing excess fluorescent lights and installing reflectors. Lighter-colored walls need less light.
  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms.
  • Retrofit incandescent or fluorescent exit signs with long-lasting, low-energy LED exit signs.
  • Clean dusty diffusers and lamps every six to 12 months for improved lumen output.

Use the following energy-saving tips for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment:

  • Set thermostats at 78º F for cooling in the summer and 68º F for heating in the winter.
  • Install electronic time clocks or programmable setback thermostats to maximize efficiency.
  • Install locking covers on thermostats to prevent employees from tampering with temperature settings.
  • Clean condenser coils and replace air filters regularly.
  • Check ducts and pipe insulation for damage regularly.
  • Consider installing an air conditioning (AC) economizer to bring in outside air when the weather is cool.
  • Consider replacing old HVAC systems with new energy-efficient systems.
  • Install ceiling fans.
  • Install blinds or solar screen shades. Use reflective window film or awnings on all south-facing windows.
  • Install ceiling and wall insulation.
  • Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.

Use the following energy-saving tips for your refrigeration equipment:

  • Perform scheduled maintenance on all units.
  • Keep evaporator coils clean and free of ice build-up.
  • Adjust door latches, replace worn door gaskets, install automatic door closers and add strip curtains to walk-in doors.
  • Use night covers on vertical and horizontal display cases.
  • Disconnect anti-condensate heaters.
  • Keep refrigerators full. (Water jugs make good fillers).

Use the following energy-saving tips for your food service equipment:

  • Consider replacing some or all electric cooking equipment with comparably sized gas-fired equipment.
  • Purchase insulated cooking equipment whenever possible, including fryers, ovens and coffee machines.
  • Preheat cooking equipment for no longer than and at a setting no higher than the manufacturer's recommendation.
  • Use cooking equipment to capacity. Fully loaded equipment uses energy more efficiently. Turn off unused and backup equipment during periods of low production.
  • Don't overload fryer baskets beyond the recommended capacity. Overloading increases cook time.
  • Replace broilers with grooved or smooth griddles to significantly reduce the associated energy consumption.
  • Ensure that oven doors fit tightly and gaskets are in good condition.

Get tips on Time-of-Use energy reduction

Expand the following sections to learn energy reduction tips and practices to lower electricity use during peak times.

  • Turn off equipment when not in use.
  • Set thermostats at 78ºF for cooling in the summer and 68ºF for heating in the winter.
  • Close curtains, shades and blinds at night, during unoccupied periods of the day and on weekends to maintain comfortable room temperatures, and lower heating and cooling costs.
  • Regularly clean and maintain AC and HVAC units: clean condenser coils and replace air filters; check ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms.
  • Add weather stripping, caulking or foam around windows and doors to reduce drafts.
  • Adjust door latches, replace worn door gaskets, install automatic door closers and add strip curtains to walk-in refrigerator and freezer doors.
  • When purchasing desktop computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR® models that shut down or hibernate after a user-specified period of inactivity.
  • Turn off or turn down chillers, and reset chilled water temperature.
  • Move batch and continuous processes to occur before or after planned events.
  • Shift irrigation tasks to occur before or after peak hours on Peak Day Pricing Event Days.
  • Turn down or turn off greenhouse, barn and yard lights, when possible.
  • Alternate cooling methods between cold storage areas to lower simultaneous demand.
  • Adjust controls for variable speed drives to reduce load from fans, pumps and chillers.
  • Turn down or turn off pumping equipment.
  • Decrease use of conveyor belts, vertical lifts and non-essential process equipment.

Get tips on participating in Peak Day Pricing Event Days

We call these event days with approximately 24 hours of prior notice. We want to give you enough time to make changes to your activities to reduce energy demand and help enhance system reliability.

  • Turn off all non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting, signage, window displays and office equipment not in use.
  • Turn off all decorative features, such as fountains, lighting and ambient audio and video displays.
  • Pre-cool work areas. Then, cycle constant air volume HVAC units or temporarily reset static pressure in variable air volume HVAC units. Turn off ceiling fans and room fans.
  • Load-cycle, temperature reset or pre-cool the package AC units in your facility, when possible. Some facilities with package AC units can do load-cycling, temperature resetting and possibly pre-cooling.
  • Turn off beverage vending machines and shift use of icemakers to before or after peak hours.
  • Minimize office equipment use by scheduling meetings during peak hours.
  • Unplug battery chargers and use only pre-charged equipment. Prepare by charging batteries and battery-operated equipment before peak hours.
  • Adjust employees’ schedules and shifts so that times of increased production or energy use occur before or after peak hours.
  • Turn off or turn down chillers, and reset chilled water temperature.
  • Move batch and continuous processes to occur before or after planned events.
  • Shift irrigation tasks to occur before or after peak hours on Peak Day Pricing Event Days.
  • Turn down or turn off greenhouse, barn and yard lights, when possible.
  • Alternate cooling methods between cold storage areas to lower simultaneous demand.
  • Adjust controls for variable speed drives to reduce load from fans, pumps and chillers.
  • Turn down or turn off pumping equipment.
  • Decrease use of conveyor belts, vertical lifts and non-essential process equipment.