By Bill Poulos
In today’s economic world, with a global recession affecting most nations, it’s important
to cut down on costs wherever possible. This is especially true for large corporations,
where the imperative is to try to save money, preserve profit and keep job losses at
a minimum. One of the most common ways to cut expenses is to try and reduce the
company electric bill where they can.
There are several ways to save on electricity. The most common one is to make sure the
office lights are turned off when they’re not needed. The light bulbs can also be changed
to low-energy models or compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. Air conditioning and heating
shouldn’t be used excessively and should be maintained and serviced regularly.
Programmable thermostats should be used in office buildings and access should only be
given to certain people. Getting an energy audit may also help and asking the electric
company itself on how to cut down on electricity is a good idea.
When a computer isn’t being used it should be turned off or placed in standby or
hibernation mode. Doors and windows should be checked for cracks and leaks as this
can let in both hot and cold air depending on the season. Printers and other electrical
consuming devices should be unplugged or placed on bypass as well when they’re not in
Depending on where you operate, you may also have the option of changing utility
providers. If this is possible, check out the rates of all electricity and gas providers
in your area. You will of course, want to go with the cheapest rates possible without
jeopardizing service quality.
It’s a good idea for businesses to calculate their electricity cost if they want to save on
company electric bill. If they know exactly how many kilowatt hours are being used up it
will help. They can also check out the internet for articles and tips on how to reduce their
costs. Many of these tips can then be integrated into their energy-saving plans.
Ultimately, a professional energy services company or engineering firm will be a
valuable resource once you have picked off the low hanging fruit mentioned above.
These companies can help you design and implement long term strategies and
technologies to significantly reduce your energy consumption and corresponding costs.