money-saving tips for business customers

Money-saving tips for business customers


No-cost and low-cost ways to save. Invest to save more.

Heating and cooling

No cost

  • 68-78 temperaturesIn winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees F when your business is open. Turn your thermostat down 5 to 15 degrees while you are closed. You can save 5 to 10 percent a year on your bill if you can make that adjustment eight hours each day.
  • In summer, set your thermostat at 78 degrees F when you are open. Turn your thermostat up 5 to 15 degrees while you are closed. Again, you can save 5 to 10 percent a year on your bill if you can make that adjustment eight hours each day.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of electric space heaters. Heating with electricity is significantly more expensive than heating with natural gas.
  • Clean the condenser coil on HVAC rooftop units. When condensing temperatures increase as little as 10 degrees F due to a dirty coil, power use goes up 10 percent and increases electricity costs. Condenser coils should be checked for debris on a quarterly basis and cleaned at least once a year.

furnace - air conditionerLow cost

  • Install a programmable thermostat to manage your temperature settings automatically and bring the temperature to a comfortable setting by the time you open.
  • Use ceiling and room fans to help circulate air. A ceiling fan can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler and delay the need to turn up your air conditioning – saving energy and money.

Invest to save more

  • Choose high-efficiency products when replacing equipment. High-efficiency HVAC equipment uses 7 to 10 percent less energy than standard equipment.
  • In Wisconsin, check with Focus on Energy for high-efficiency HVAC incentives.
  • In Michigan, contact Efficiency United for rebates on energy-efficient equipment.

lightLighting

No cost

  • Turn off lights you’re not using and use natural light whenever possible.
  • Keep light fixtures clean and dust-free to maintain optimum light output.

Low cost

  • Replace incandescent or fluorescent exit lights with LED exit lights.
  • Install occupancy sensors in rooms that are not continuously occupied – conference rooms, bathrooms and break rooms – so lights are on only when needed.

Invest to save more

  • Replace T12 fluorescent lamps with T8s. Consider LEDs when replacing lights.
  • In Wisconsin, the Focus on Energy Small Business Program provides lighting assistance and incentives for small businesses on energy-saving lighting.
  • In Michigan, Efficiency United offers a variety of lighting incentives.

Equipment

electric plug

No cost

  • Turn off equipment during nonbusiness hours.
  • Enable power management settings on computers, printers and copiers and unplug electronic devices that aren’t being used.
  • Set water heaters at 120 degrees F unless 140 degrees F is needed for specific equipment or sanitation requirements.

Low cost

  • Many electronic products use power when not in use. Instead of manually unplugging equipment, use a smart power strip to eliminate phantom power drain. Combined with power management features, almost any device can be turned on and off automatically.
  • De-lamp the lighted display on your refrigerated vending machine and reduce its energy use by 35 percent.

Invest to save more

  • Buy Energy Star equipment when it’s time for replacement.
  • Replace electric water heaters with natural gas water heaters, which save up to 75 percent of the cost of electric water heating.
  • Replace desktop computers with laptop computers to save 80 to 90 percent in electrical cost.
  • In Wisconsin, check with Focus on Energy for equipment incentives.
  • In Michigan, contact Efficiency United for energy-efficient equipment rebates.