Energy Efficiency Information for Your Business


It's my boss's responsibility to make the work place more energy efficient.

Actually, it is the responsibility of everyone, including your employer and you as an employee, to help make your office more energy efficient and energy friendly.

Energy efficiency is not just something that Contractors and Home Owners need to be aware of.  The Business Community needs to be involved as well.  Most of us spend as much time at work as we do at home.  Energy efficiency in the work place is an important aspect of conserving our limited resources.

What can I do?

Look around your office or place of business and take some of these steps to promote energy efficiency:

1.  Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL's or LED bulbs, as appropriate.
2.  Set the thermostat at 65 degrees in the winter and 75 in the summer.
3.  Power off unused equipment or install automatic sensors that will put the equipment in hibernation mode when not in use for an extended time period.
4.  Turn off lights or install automatic sensors that will turn off the lights when a room is unoccupied for an extended time period.
5.  Routinely check and service heaters, water heaters and refrigeration equipment to ensure they are performing at peak performance.
6.  Replace out-dated office equipment with Energy Star label products.
7.  If your business has a loading dock, keep the loading dock doors closed when not in use.
8.  Carpool, use public transportation or utilize the virtual office whenever possible.

Depending on your type of business, there are many resources available to help you evaluate your energy efficiency needs, perform energy audits and obtain recommendations on energy saving equipment.  Many energy companies such as Southern California Edison offer rebates and incentives for businesses that opt to make their business energy efficient.

These rebates and incentives vary, so it is best to contact a representative of your energy provider for an accurate assessment of your needs.

For more information onhow you can make your work place more energy efficient, visit the following sites:
Energy Star Gov - Energy Star
Southern California Edison - SCE Energy Efficiency
Energy Gov - Energy Gov
US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency
Special offers and Rebates from Southern California Edison - SCE Rebates

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