Investing a little money now to become energy efficient could save you a lot of money down the road. Whether you own a home or business, you may be spending more than necessary on your energy bills. By going “green” and switching to sustainable practices, you could save up to 20% on your energy use.
· Turn off electrical devices such as computers when they’re not needed. Turning off these devices also extends their overall life and reduces replacement costs.
· Replace inefficient and outdated lighting equipment with more energy efficient fixtures. Utilizing natural light will also help cut some of the electricity costs.
· Change/clean heating, venting and air conditioning equipment and systems. Monthly maintenance can avoid costly fixes.
· In the winter, set the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees – and between 60-65 degrees when nobody is around. In summer, set thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees – and above 80 when nobody is around. This saves 2-3% on energy costs and is easy to implement with a programmable thermostat.
· Using a laptop computer instead of a desk-top computer can save 80-90% in electrical cost.
Green energy, including solar, is an eco-friendly way to power a business or a home thus reducing harmful carbon footprints.
For those using solar, businesses will find plenty of tax incentives from both state and federal governments. Solar can even increase the value of a property due to its environmental investment and long-term savings opportunity.
In the end, educating and encouraging people to be more energy-conscious will be the most important effort. But having a low-maintenance, long-lasting, money-saving solar setup certainly helps.