Winterize Your Business and Lower Your Utility Bills!

Helpful Tips to Save Energy During the Winter Months
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October is Energy Awareness Month, so what better time to think about preparing your business for winter weather.
Here are ten tips that can help keep your utility bills down while keeping you and your customers comfortable:
1. Turn off lights in unoccupied storage rooms, restrooms and meeting rooms. Install motion detectors to do the job for you.
2. Replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL bulbs.
3. Turn off overhead lights where natural light shines in.
4. Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers and ensure they are properly programmed to “power down” after a period of inactivity.
5. Install smart power strips to prevent mobile phone chargers, laptop adapters, and other office appliances from drawing power when not in use.
6. Use laptop computers and ink-jet printers, if appropriate. They consume less energy than desktop computers and laser printers.
7. Install a programmable thermostat and properly set it to 68 degrees during work hours and to shut off when the building is unoccupied.
8. Install window treatments, shade screens or interior window film where possible.
9. Hire a professional to perform scheduled maintenance on heating units and check duct and pipe insulation for damage.
10. Make sure air vents are unobstructed. Anything that impedes the flow of air can reduce comfort as well as system performance.

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