Low-Cost Ways to Save Energy
- Let the sunshine in. Take advantage of natural daylight to reduce lighting. Dim or turn off lights and signage during the day.
- Install occupancy sensors. These inexpensive devices can reduce lighting costs by up to 40 percent.
- Use CFLs. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which provide the same amount of light, use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Adjust the thermostat. Adjust down in the winter, up in the summer and shut off when not in use. Even a few degrees can significantly reduce heating and air conditioning costs.
- Install programmable thermostats or time clocks to automatically control temperature settings on heating and air conditioning equipment.
- Power down. Turn off or set office equipment to power down when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year. Setting PCs, monitors and copiers to use sleep mode when not in use can help cut energy costs by up to 50 percent.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater — 120° F is sufficient for most common uses. A 10° F reduction can save up to five percent on water heating costs.
- Invest in energy-efficient equipment. Always look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol, which indicates it meets federal standards for energy efficiency.
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