Whether it’s the winter or summer season, your building or home consumes a lot of energy. Saving energy not only puts some money back in your pockets, but it also supports the environment. Here are 6 energy saving tips for your home or office building that can start off the year on a green note!
Change your consumption habits
By simply altering your day-to-day behaviors, you can make a big impact on your energy bills and the environment. Turn off the lights when you leave the room and take advantage of natural sunlight during its peak times throughout the day. Pay attention to your purchasing habits, too. Energy saving light bulbs, such as LED bulbs, use 70-90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Incorporate well-planned landscaping
Thoughtful landscaping adds a beautiful aesthetic to your property and it can help slash energy use, too. Properly placed trees can save you $100-$250 annually, depending on the size of your space. Trees can provide shade or block winds, reducing heating and cooling costs, depending on what climate you live in. Save up to 25% of typical energy use with carefully placed landscaping.
Keep up with home maintenance
It doesn’t matter if your building is old or new; maintaining your property is key to saving energy. Keep up with home repairs and maintenance such as re-caulking your bathtub and windows or changing your air filters monthly. Simple repairs can go a long way when it comes to saving energy and money. It doesn’t hurt resale value, either!
Consider smart roofing
Technology continues to grow with expanding possibilities, and with smart roofing options available, it provides you with another way to cut costs and help the environment. A cool roof, green roof, or solar roof can offer long-term savings on energy bills. A cool roof reflects the sunlight instead of letting it enter the building and a green roof reduces the daily energy demand for AC in the summer by more than 75%. Create a small carbon footprint through smart roofing and explore alternative roofing options that provide varied benefits.
Implement power strips
Not everyone will have the financial and structural capability for energy-saving solar panels, but energy saving tips can also be easily accessible to the masses. Turn off your electronics when they aren’t in use. 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when the devices are switched off. Utilize power strips that you can turn off at night or smart power strips that can be set for shut off at a specified time of inactivity.
Program your thermostats
There is no reason to heat or cool your building to extremes when no one is around before 8:00 or after 5:00. Changing the temperature when the office is out can make a big difference in your energy bill. Installing sensor lights in restrooms is an efficient way to control energy consumption throughout the day. Don’t waste money and energy heating or cooling an empty building.
Make this year your time to drop energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Get your employees or household members on board so that you can start saving money and living smart today.