Winter is coming, and it's time to get ready for the cold.
The cold months are hard on your building—and on your energy bill. But there are many ways you can prepare for the winter and save on your bills year-round.
One way to start is by reviewing the monthly utility bills. These bills will give you a baseline of how much energy on average is used to provide electricity, heating, and water. Once you have been able to determine which utility is used the most you can then review the infrastructure of the building and begin to upgrade your equipment.
Here are some easy steps you can take to save on energy bills this winter:
Install new LED lights with lighting controls to have the lights automatically turn on and off.
Install programmable thermostats to control heating and cooling as well as controls on the heating and cooling systems to make them more efficient. Don't forget to check your thermostat settings. If your thermostat is set too high or too low, your utility bills will go up as your system works harder than it needs to.
Seal leaks with caulk or weather stripping around windows and doors (especially around doors).
Clean or replace air filters regularly. The more dust and allergens there are in the rooms, the more work it is for the heating and cooling systems, which means they'll run longer than they need to, which then means higher utility bills.
Get an energy audit! A comprehensive assessment of how much energy your building uses and how it uses that energy can help you get a better sense of how well your building is performing and if any changes need to be made. A thorough energy audit can also help you identify ways that you can save money on your utility bills by making small changes (such as switching out old light bulbs for LEDs) or bigger ones (such as installing solar panels and heat pumps).
If you're not sure where to start, reserve your spot today for a free 30 minute initial consultation.