Tactics for Saving on Commercial Energy Costs, Part 1

A commercial electrician serves many roles for their clients, and one primary area that’s vital to a number of businesses is energy savings. Particularly for workplaces or facilities that involve significant electronics and the need for power and proper circuitry, ensuring these elements while maintaining a manageable energy bill each month is the goal for all business owners.

At Orange Electric, we’re here to help. Our commercial electrical contractors handle numerous areas for our clients, including several that trace back to keeping your energy bill low while maintaining all the proper electrical needs present in your building. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of ways commercial business owners and managers can look to limit their energy costs, both in terms of DIY areas and those where you should call our electricians for assistance.

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Natural Light

One major tip not enough commercial buildings internalize: Utilizing natural light wherever possible to reduce the need for powered lighting. Most businesses operate primarily during the day when the sun is out – use this reality to your advantage by opening window shades or coverings throughout the space, particularly during the winter periods of the year when a little additional light might also assist with heating tasks.

Non-Use Items

While it may seem like a basic area, you might be shocked at how many companies do not have a policy for turning off major electronics when leaving the office for the day or night. From computers to monitors, printers, fax machines and several others, sleep mode or outright powering down should be carried out when they won’t be used again for a period of hours or days.

In addition, electrically-powered amenities like microwaves, toasters, radios and others in the office should receive the same kind of attention. Many office managers use power strips for many of these items, allowing them to be turned off with a single push of a button.

Energy Audit

One area we’ve gone over in detail in this space previously is the commercial energy audit, which involves a professional inspection from our team that will help you identify your major sources of electrical expenses and make the appropriate tweaks to become more efficient. Speak to our electricians about scheduling an audit in the near future.

Component Themes

There are a few suggestions we can offer when it comes to components in a commercial building that will assist with energy efficiency, including:

  • Automatic lights: Between motion detectors, automatic dimmers and related technology, there are several light formats designed to turn off and on based on human presence in a given room or area. These installations within the commercial space often lead to drastic savings.
  • Programmable thermostat: A type that allows you to pre-set HVAC temperature and related needs, including limiting energy use during periods of non-use.
  • CFL or LED bulbs: Both these options refer to light bulb types that bring enormous energy savings compared to standard bulbs. In larger office spaces, such bulbs may save you thousands and thousands of dollars over the course of a given year.

For more on limiting your commercial energy costs, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.