Business owners need to be savvy when it comes to finances as there are many expenses that go into running a business: rental costs, equipment, employee salaries and benefits, plus the cost of energy required to heat, cool, and provide electricity to your office space. If you’re hoping to save money on business and energy costs for your business in the upcoming year, read on.
How Business Owners Can Cut Costs in 2017
Here are just a few way that business owners can cut costs and save more money in the new year:
Go Paperless When Possible
Reducing paper waste is an effective way to save on energy costs in your office. Whenever possible, encourage your employees to print only necessary documents and store and share all other documents as digital files. This will help out the environment by decreasing paper waste, but it will also cut down on energy costs in regards to running printers and copy machines.
Turn Off Electronics When Not in Use
Many appliances, such as coffee makers, printers, and scanners will continue to draw energy if they are left on, or even simply left plugged in. Be mindful of appliances and lights that are left on when not in use. There is no point in lighting a conference room, or having a coffee maker plugged in, if no one is using it! Save on energy costs in your office this year by implementing a policy that has employees turn off a light switch or unplug an electronic when not in use.
End the Thermostat Wars
Office environments are notorious for having employees battle over where the thermostat should be set, which can lead to big fluctuations in temperature throughout the day. This not only causes an interruption to workflow, but it’s also costly when it comes to energy usage. Want an easy solution? Purchase a programmable thermostat for your office, set it to a comfortable temperature during peak work hours (70 ºF seems to be an agreeable temperature among most), and then have it change to a more energy efficient temperature after hours.
When no one is in the office, the thermostat can be set several degrees lower in the colder months and several degrees warmer during the hotter seasons. No one will be around to notice this temperature fluctuation, and you will save 8 to 10% in energy costs by decreasing (or increasing) your thermostat’s temperature when no one is in the office.
Weatherproof Your Office
Especially during the colder months, weatherproofing is crucial and can save you a lot on energy costs. Check your office for drafts around doors and windows, and be sure to replace any old or worn weather stripping as needed. For drafts that may be coming through small holes or cracks, be sure to caulk these areas so that cold air cannot creep into your office space. This will help keep your employees comfortable as well as prevent your HVAC system from working overtime to combat any cold air that sneaks into your building.
Keep Your HVAC System in Good Shape
Have regular maintenance performed on your business’s HVAC system at least twice a year. This will help ensure that your system is running at its most efficiently and prevent larger problems down the road. If you’re in need of a maintenance call for your HVAC system, give us a call today. We’re here to help! (304) 397-8695