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Long-Term Savings For Businesses

    • 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.
    • 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..
    • Use the energy-saving features on printers, monitors, copiers, and computers.
    • 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.
    • 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.