Long-Term Savings For Businesses
AC & HEAT
If your AC or heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
- Newer models use up to 40% less energy.
Maintain your AC and heater so they work efficiently.
- Check your air and furnace filters each month when in use. Replace them at least every three months. Dirty filters make your system work harder.
- Have your HVAC unit inspected and maintained in the spring and or fall by a licensed professional.
- Wash the outside coils of your AC. Clear high grass and debris that could block the flow of air.
- Limit your use of the vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms. They pull in outside air, making your AC and heater work harder.
- If your AC or heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
- Use electronic ballasts. They increase fluorescent lamp efficiency and light output.
- Install skylights to minimize artificial lighting.
- Keep your light bulbs and fixtures clean to increase light output.
- Replace existing exit signs with more efficient LED exit signs..
COMPUTERS & ELECTRONICS
- Use the energy-saving features on printers, monitors, copiers, and computers.
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
- Drain your hot water tank regularly to remove sediment.
- When buying a new water heater, consider a tankless unit. These systems are 35-45% more efficient. Plus, you'll never run out of hot water.
- Install low-flow showerheads in any onsite shower facilities.
- Install faucet aerators in bathrooms.
- Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
- Consider replacing broilers with smooth or grooved griddles.
- When buying a new appliance, look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. These options use 10-50% less energy than standard models.
WINDOWS, DOORS & INSULATION
- Make sure outside doors have enough weather stripping.
- Save from 5-30% per year on cooling costs by caulking windows and weather-stripping external doors.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows. Add solar shades or window tint.
- Install Low-E (low-emissivity) coatings on windows. This coating lets light in but blocks the heat.
- Add trees and shrubs on the east, west, and south sides of your building.
- Use insulated night covers on display cases.
- Use the Environmental Protection Agency’s online tool to compare your building load against similar building types.
- Get paid for taking part in a voluntary demand-response program that reduces your power demand temporarily during grid emergency conditions. Get an energy analysis of your building to find out your biggest opportunities for savings.
- Make sure your building is operating at maximum efficiency by re-commissioning your building systems.
- For more savings, consider upgrading equipment, lighting, insulation, and more. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. These options use 10-50% less energy than standard models.
INCENTIVES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES
- Texas provides tax incentives for some businesses. For example, businesses that use, manufacture, or install solar or wind energy can receive franchise tax deductions and/or exemptions. There also exists a property tax exemption involving solar, wind, biomass, and anaerobic digestion for businesses that install or construct such systems.