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Why Pay More for Energy?

Why Pay More for Energy?
February 08
11:18 2016

From time to time, organizations look for areas where they can cut costs or save on expenses. Management would normally cut cost on manpower, capital expenses or day to day operational expenses. So, how and where do you start lowering your electrical consumption in the workplace?

First on your list should be orienting your employees on the simplest energy saving practices such as, shutting down computers at the end of each shift, turning off the lights when not in use, or unplugging phone chargers and other devices  after use. These practices, no matter how small, can go a long way in helping you save on your monthly electric bill. You can even install motion sensors, so lights switch off automatically if no movement is detected in the room. This way, lights that are not being used won’t be  left turned on for long periods of time.

Next, review your energy usage. There are some energy companies that have off peak and on peak rates, as well as different rates for when you exceed a certain usage. While you obviously cannot switch off everything during peak hours or business hours, you can certainly limit excess usage of energy during off peak hours.

Do you know how much paper is used by a business on its day to day operation? Paper is not the only thing wasted, though. Ink is also wasted and of course, energy. Keeping that printer running continuously throughout the day can bore a huge hole on your finances. Paper may not be very expensive, but toner or ink and energy costs can pile up almost instantly. If you can shift your business to going paperless, that will not only save you some money, it will also help save the environment. You can start by using email as the primary way of sending out memos, instead of the usual paper memo. When you need to have a contract signed, use Docusign or a similar program that verifies digital signatures rather than printing a thick stack of documents. You can also eliminate the use of notepads and sticky notes by replacing them with a post it software that’s installed on your desktop for quick notes that you will need to “jot” down.

Finally, if you own the building or structure that holds your workplace, you may want to consider installing solar panels. It’s true that having solar panels installed is a bit expensive. However, there are programs nowadays that allow you to have solar panels installed without letting you shell out a hefty amount of cash. You can even get tax breaks by having solar panels installed. In the long run, if your office equipment or your entire operation will run solely on solar power, you will be saving a substantial amount mainly on energy costs. Before you have these installed, you can try a sample computation online on how much you can save by using solar panels, . There are a multiple websites that will allow you to input your energy usage and information, so you can get a ballpark figure of how much you can save.

So basically, there are a lot of ways you can lessen the costs of operating your business. You just need to know where to look and where to start. Oftentimes, it makes sense for organizations to turn to the expertise of an energy and sustainability management company for Energy and Facility Optimization Solutions. After all, why would you want to pay more for energy, when you have a lot of options and ways to save?

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Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel represents ecova.com, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions that increase the returns, reduce risks, and enhance the reputations of our customers through saving resources. With over 1,400 employees, Ecova remains headquartered in Spokane, Wash. with regional offices in Cincinnati, Richardson, Seattle, St. Paul, Portland, Ore. and Atlanta.

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