When you own a commercial space, you know that energy costs can add up fast: lighting, computers, machinery…it all takes energy. But nothing adds up quite like heating and cooling costs, which together can account for fifty percent of your yearly energy use.
The good news – you can start to save money on your heating bill this year without making big investments or freezing out your employees and customers (and yourself for that matter.)
Here are three easy tips to lower your business’s heating costs this winter:
1) Get Serious With Your Programmable Thermostat: If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should go buy one. They only cost about $30. If you do have a programmable thermostat, make sure you’re using it to its fullest ability. Programmable thermostats are so great because they can be set to cut back the building’s temperature at the end of your business day, but the building can be brought back up to temperature before your first employee walks in the door. This simple device can save you 10% on your energy bill.
2) Clean Up the Office: You may be surprised to learn that blocked air registers in your commercial space can increase your heat system’s energy use by 25%. That’s because blocked registers mean that your heat pump or furnace has to work harder to deliver air to your space. So make sure that all of the building’s vents, including the return register, are clear of papers, furniture and other equipment. And make sure they’re all open!
3) Sign Up for Preventative Maintenance: Making sure that your heating system is properly maintained by an experienced heating technician and that its air filters are clean can also help ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible, saving you dollars. A preventative maintenance agreement, like Gagne’s Comfort Club, can take the work out of having to remember scheduling service on your own.
Learn more ways to save on heating costs by reading our Knowledge Center article, 5 Ways to Lower Your Business’s Heating and Cooling Costs and Boost Profits.
The expert heating and cooling technicians at Gagne’s Heating and Cooling are here to help businesses in Alpharetta and the surrounding areas meet their comfort and energy needs. Call us today for routine maintenance or to discuss heating energy upgrades to your commercial space.