When it’s cold outside, you’ll do almost anything to warm up. That’s why businesses sometimes neglect their energy efficiency practices in the winter. Between cold air flowing in as doors are opened and closed and the high demand for warmth from employees and customers, it’s easy for your power bill to spike. As a full-service commercial electrician, Polk Electric has had many conversations with our clients about ways they can save on their energy costs while keeping everyone warm during the cold weather. Here are five ways to improve energy efficiency for your business this winter:

  1. Monitor the office thermostat – Get a programmable office thermostat from a commercial electrician. This device allows you to have total control of the settings from day to day. Also make sure the thermostat is placed away from any heat sources or heavily sunlit areas. This can affect how the sensor interprets the temperature and will cause your heat to run more.
  2. Use energy efficient light bulbs – Take the time to switch out your office’s light bulbs to new compact fluorescent or LED models. These new bulbs use less energy, last longer, and offer an equal amount of light.
  3. Prevent heat from escaping – Check your building’s duct system, windows, and doors for gaps or leaks. You’ll need to fix any leaks you find to prevent heat from escaping.
  4. Upgrade equipment – Budget for upgraded electronics throughout your office. Newer models are designed to help your business run more efficiently and will likely save power, too.
  5. Ask your staff for help – Ask your staff to support your energy-saving goals. Help them practice conserving now and they’ll be in the habit for the rest of the season.

For more advice on how to have a more energy-efficient business, call Polk Electric. As a trusted commercial electrical contractor serving Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and surrounding areas of South Carolina and North Carolina, we can help you. Request a quote today.