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Business - Energy Saving Tips

Overall

  • Establish your baseline energy use.  Go back through your utility bills and chart monthly demand and consumption.  This will give you a point of reference to compare future utility bills once your plan is in effect.
  • Understand your energy consumption by knowing when energy is used and what equipment is using it.
  • Understand your energy rates and how you are billed by your utility so that you can make the most of the energy you do use. 
  • Identify and eliminate waste energy. 
  • Take advantage of new, efficient technologies when buying new or replacing old equipment.
  • Engage your employees in your energy conservation efforts.
  • Track your monthly billing demand and consumption and compare to your baseline so that you can demonstrate the success of your plan.
  • Celebrate your success by communicating with those involved what has been achieved.

TIPS

Office Equipment

  • Use the “sleep” or “standby” option on your computers to reduce energy usage during periods of inactivity. 
  • Shut off office equipment such as photocopiers, monitors, scanners and printers when not in use.  Use a power bar to help make this easier.
  • When replacing any office equipment consider the most energy efficient models. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified products.

Heating and Cooling

  • Reduce temperature set points whenever the building is unoccupied after hours and on weekends and holidays.  Programmable thermostats can help make this easier.
  • Keep doors, windows, and loading docks closed when heating or air conditioning.
  • Maintain heating and cooling systems as per manufacturer’s instructions and change filters regularly.
  • Keep heating and cooling ducts, radiators and baseboards free from obstruction.
  • Minimize heating and cooling of unused areas.
  • Check condition of seals on doors and windows and replace if necessary.

Hot Water

  • Fix leaking plumbing fixtures as soon as possible.
  • Insulate exposed hot water piping.

Lighting

  • Turn off lights when not required.
  • Take advantage of natural light as much as possible.
  • Use light colored paint on walls to reduce the lighting requirement.
  • Make sure light fixtures are clean.
  • Use energy efficient CFL bulbs.
  • If replacing or buying new fluorescent light fixtures look for high efficiency T5 or T8 fixtures.
  • Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.  Automatic timers, photocells and motion sensors can help make this easy.

Other equipment

  • Check air compressors and lines for leaks and repair as soon as possible.
  • Ensure only required equipment is powered on at any given time. 
  • Keep kitchen equipment maintained and in good working condition.
  • Be sure to turn off exhaust fans when not required.
  • When buying new equipment or replacing old equipment, look for the most energy efficient models. Look for products with the ENERGY STAR® symbol.

If you have questions on energy programs available to New Brunswick businesses, contact Efficiency NB.