Last blog post we talked about lighting and office equipment and what you can do to stem the flow of cash out your business’ door from those hungry beasts.

This post we thought we’d continue on the same track of small business energy efficiencies – looking at three more big users of energy in the workplace. Heating/cooling, refrigeration and hot water. No point in donating more cash than you have to, to your power company.

So without further ado, let’s continue.

Small business energy efficiency 3 – heating, ventilation and air conditioning

This is likely to be your biggest energy user – which means, it’s also represents the greatest potential to save cash. On a hot summer’s day, an air conditioner is a must (especially in Australia). Small business owners (and home owners) just need to be aware of how to use them most efficiently.

  • When not in use, turn the systems off. If no-one’s using the room, turn the heater or air conditioner off and always check that it’s off before you leave.
  • Open the windows or consider ceiling fans.
  • If it has an ‘auto’ setting, use it.
  • Replace the filters regularly. Clean air systems will keep it performing at it’s most energy-efficient peak.

Small business energy efficiency 4 – refrigeration

Another big energy user! If you’re a owner of a restaurant, cafe, convenience store or anything similar – reducing your refrigeration usage will save you a lot – trust me!

  • Keep the doors shut to eliminate any temperature changes.
  • Check the temperature settings on the equipment.
  • Load and distribute the items in the fridge correctly.
  • Clean the cooling coils and check the seals.
  • Don’t put ‘hot’ food in the fridge. Wait until it’s cooled.

Small business energy efficiency 5 – hot water use

Make every drop count. No matter how must you use, it pays to cut back on unnecessary water and energy use. So make it count.

  • Reduce the amount of water you use.
  • Reduce the temperature of the hot water.
  • Turn your water heater off when it’s not being used.
  • Keep your equipment well maintained.

So there you have it – what you need to look out for and five great tips on how to save energy.

Not only will the small business energy efficiencies you find save you on costs and enhance your contribution to preserving our environment, there are a huge amount of hidden indirect benefits as well. Hint: customers will love your enthusiasm!

And the best thing about swapping your small business energy efficiencies is that it’s cheap and DIY. There’s a raft of people out there that would be more than happy to help you out – like us!

We can also help you put together an energy plan that is suited to your business’ needs.

Of course if you need electrical or other trade services, we’d be delighted to talk to you. You can call us on 1300 045 103 or get a quote now. And we’d love it if you joined us on linkedinfacebook or twitter.

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