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Cut Your Company’s Utility Costs

By William Poulos

Everyone these days is taking a second glance at their utility bills and starting to consider
alternative options to lower them. Companies are trying to find ways to cut costs without
cutting their staff, benefits, or pay packages. Energy bills have been rapidly increasing
and causing even large companies to start thinking of ways to reduce them. If you are
trying to save on your company electric bill, here are a few ideas to consider:

A typical building will use most of its energy for heating and cooling purposes. This
usually accounts for about 45% of your bill. Since this is the biggest controlling factor, it
is a good place to start.

If you can not afford a large scale building management system, try programmable
thermostats. Programmable thermostats have been noted to save users up to 30% on
their heating and cooling costs. These little devices allow you to program its setting to
automatically adjust the temperature at certain times during the day and also when the
outside temperature changes. To get the most bang for your buck, look for the Energy
Star label on thermostats.

During the summer, you can make use of fans to keep the air flowing. This will make the
room feel cooler and allow you to keep the thermostat at a slightly higher setting. Every
degree you can keep the temperature setting higher in the summer and lower in the winter
will add up to significant savings.

Lighting is another huge chunk of your energy bills, particularly in large business that
use a lot of lights or offer 24 hour service. While CFL or LED bulbs are initially much
higher in cost than traditional bulbs, they will last up to ten times longer and use 75%
less energy! In the end, you will be more than getting your money back out of these light
bulbs.

If you are serious about reducing your energy costs, you will need to reach for higher
hanging fruit and you should hire a professional energy auditor or engineering firm. Your
utility company may even provide a high level energy audit for no initial cost. An auditor
or engineer will do a thorough inspection of your entire business and find ways to shrink
your utility bills by eliminating unnecessary energy usage and waste. This could prove to
be one of the most valuable steps you ever take to reducing your energy costs.

The energy cost center is the easiest to positively impact on any company’s P&L. So get
started today!

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