How to Reduce Your Company’s Energy Costs
Looking for a way to cut down on some of your Salem business expenses? Decrease your energy usage and save money each month.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 25 percent of all energy use in commercial buildings is due to heating. Imagine how much you could decrease your energy use when you install a more energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Here at Gagle’s Heating, we are your energy experts! Contact us for an energy audit today so we can evaluate your Oregon business and create a customized plan to help support optimal energy efficiency.
Energy Saving Tips for Your Business
Follow these recommendations to curb your energy consumption and start saving:
- Turn off equipment when it’s not in use.
Powering down equipment not in use is a simple way to start cutting down your expenses. Turning off computers, copiers, fax machines, and scanners or setting them to sleep mode at the end of every workday can significantly reduce your energy use. There’s no reason to leave on these types of equipment after hours.
- Consider alternative lighting.
Replace any standard bulb with LED lights or switch to motion sensor lighting. With lighting that only turns on when there is motion, you never have to worry about accidentally leaving on lights.
- Ensure the building is properly insulated.
Is there a draft or patch of heat seeping through your building? Our Gagle’s Heating professionals can inspect your business location and add more insulation to problem areas, such as lobby entrances, vestibules, warehouses, garages, or storage spaces. Proper insulation helps prevent air loss—so you won’t have to worry about your heating and cooling systems overworking to compensate for any heat or cool air that would otherwise escape.
- Program your thermostat.
Try not to change the temperature on your thermostat too much throughout the day. Frequently increasing or decreasing the temperature could cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should. There is an exception to this—if it’s the end of the day and the area will be unoccupied for a longer stretch of time, you may want to adjust the thermostat higher or lower, depending on the season.
Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. With this, you can start scheduling the temperature to adjust automatically whenever you see fit.
- Invest in a high-efficiency heating and cooling system.
HVAC systems are not all created equally. The newer models made today use less energy while operating and still provide the same ideal comfort level. If you have an older, malfunctioning, or inefficient system, it could be time for an upgrade. HVAC systems with higher Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER) ratings are considered far more efficient than systems with lower SEER ratings. Be sure to opt for an ENERGY STAR® certified system—these have a SEER rating of at least 14 and are extremely efficient.
Call Our Energy Professionals
When you’re looking to manage your business costs, start by addressing how much energy you use. Be sure to speak with our Gagle’s Heating experts to learn more about how you can increase the energy efficiency of your Salem, Oregon business. Call us today at 503-581-2972 or request service online.