3 painless ways to save energy this summer

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It’s fast approaching summer and you know what that means – skyrocketing energy usage as everyone tries to stay cool and cranks the air conditioning to polar temperatures.

And all of that increased energy usage typically leads to higher utility bills that can slim your profit margins during those sunny summer months.

Enjoy these three quick tips for saving energy this summer:

  1. Program your thermostat for automatic savings: Programming your thermostat to a higher temperature by 7-10 degrees for the 10 hours when employees are away can be a simple approach for significant savings.

    Set your thermostat at 85 degrees during the 10 hours your business is closed and employees are off-site to reduce the cost to cool your space. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting your programmable thermostat back 7-10 degrees can help you save as much as 10% in energy costs each year.
  2. Use power management settings on equipment: Remember when screen savers were in vogue? Those swirling designs have been replaced by black screens as the go-to, at-rest screen display because devices that are not in use shouldn’t be pulling energy and costing you money.

    Be sure to check the energy management settings on your office equipment to ensure they are set to maximize your energy savings potential.

    If your company has many devices, consider investing in computer network power management software to centralize control of sleep mode and shutdown settings of all the devices in your network.
  3. Weatherize your business for summer: Cool air leaks just as much as hot air. Weatherize your business by checking windows, doors and even electrical entry points for leaking air. By improving the seal on these areas, you can reduce air loss, which means your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a cool, comfortable temperature inside. To reinforce or fill holes near seams on windows and doors, try using an affordable tube of silicon caulk to run along the joint and fill any gaps.

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