From the big expenses like paying your employees and commercial mortgage on your office space or store front to the smaller costs like purchasing snacks for the break room, running a small business can get expensive. If you're ready to reduce your expenses without sacrificing your customer's experience, cutting your energy and heating costs is a smart and eco-friendly option.
Here are a few things you as a small business owner can do to reduce your energy and heating costs.
Schedule an HVAC Inspection
Your HVAC system is critical to ensuring the comfort of your customers and employees. Scheduling a yearly inspection will not only ensure your system is running efficiently, it can also prevent minor problems from becoming major headaches. Ask your HVAC technician how often to have your ductwork cleaned, and which type of filter will work best with your HVAC system.
Install Motion Detectors and Occupancy Sensors
The costs of leaving the lights on in your customer or employee bathroom, the break room, or the stockroom will add up quickly. In addition to switching your traditional bulbs to more energy-efficient LED bulbs, install motion detectors with dimmer and occupancy sensors in each room.
When a customer or employee isn't occupying the room for a certain number of minutes, the motion detector dims the lights, or the occupancy sensors shuts off the lights completely. When someone walks by the sensors, the lights come back on immediately.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you're already enjoying the benefits of a programmable thermostat at home, why not also have one installed in your small business. For example, program the thermostat to turn the heat up a few degrees 30 minutes before your offices or store opens and turn down the heat a few degrees 30 minutes after all the employees leave.
If your business isn't open on the weekends, the programmable thermostat can ensure you don't waste unnecessary energy or place a strain on your HVAC system when no one is occupying your space. There are WIFI-enabled smart thermostat that completely take the guess work out of maintaining a comfortable temperature in your small business.
For example, a smart thermostat allows you manually control your thermostat no matter where you are. A feature called geofencing uses your smartphone's location to control the temperature. When your smartphone is in a certain number of miles of the thermostat, the geofencing feature automatically adjusts the temperature to ensure when you arrive, your office space is comfortable.
From scheduling a yearly inspection to upgrading your thermostat, there are several things you as a small business owner can do to reduce your energy and heating bills. Contact a commercial HVAC service for more help.