10 Tips to Save on Energy Costs For Your Home or Business
Did you know that by implementing a few tips, your home and business can save on its energy use and costs? From regulating your building's temperature to cleaning air filters regularly, there are smart ways to lower your energy bills. Here are ten tips that can help you reduce your costs without having to sacrifice the comfort of your family, staff, or customers:
Lower the temperature. Your business or home can keep comfortable without cranking up the heat. Adjust your thermostat by a few degrees to help reduce your energy bill. Don't completely turn off your heat overnight though - you'll use more energy to heat up the building again in the morning.
One of the easiest ways to save money is by controlling your thermostat. Smart thermostats can be adjusted remotely to run energy-efficient schedules. If you join SDG&E's Smart Thermostat program, you'll receive $50 per registered thermostat with a max of four thermostats for business and two for your home. Get details on sdge.com/MyBusiness.
Did you know ceiling fans help in the colder months too? Change the rotation of your fan blades to clockwise, which will pull warm air down and spread it throughout the room.
Open blinds and sunshades to allow sunlight to heat up the room, especially on south- or west-facing windows. Natural light can warm the space and reduce the need for lighting. When you need to turn on lights, save energy by using energy-efficient LED bulbs.
In work areas that get little use, like storage and conference rooms, install sensors so lights will automatically go off when employees are working elsewhere.
Make sure cold air isn't drifting into your building by checking weather stripping on your doors and caulking on your windows and other areas that outside air can seep inside. This is especially important in older buildings. You can also put clear, inexpensive plastic sheeting on your windows to add more insulation and reduce cold drafts.
Get a tune-up on your heater to ensure your system is operating efficiently. New, clean air filters can improve airflow and heating.
Make sure your heating air intake and outlet grilles are not blocked by furniture or other bulky items. Obstructed grilles put more of a burden on the system's fans to move heated air through an office. Also, check your ductwork for air leaks or any damage to insulation.
Check your HVAC filters monthly and clean or replace when dirty. Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained can help save on heating costs.
Check if a doctor provides good insulation by placing your hand against it from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that's better insulated.
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