Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
+1 212 318 2000
Europe, Middle East, & Africa
+44 20 7330 7500
+65 6212 1000
As the cost of energy continues to rise, many small business owners struggle to maintain their bottom line while maintaining a space that’s comfortable for employees and customers. Here are a few simple, low-cost changes you and your staff can make that will save a significant dollar amount.
Make sure your heating and air conditioning systems are properly maintained and functioning.
Consider programmable thermostats or building automation systems.
Consider tinting windows that face the bright afternoon sun. Windows on a storefront let in the heat of the sun and then trap it inside. Tinting windows is inexpensive and highly effective in cutting cooling costs.
Change bulbs to lower wattage fluorescents and turn them out at night whenever possible.
In the summer, raise the thermostat two degrees, and in the winter drop it two degrees. The difference in comfort between 72 and 74 degrees is small, but the difference in cost is significant.
By following these simple energy saving strategies, business owners can reduce energy expenses and ring up substantial savings.
Paul J. Belair
Want to improve the way you run your business? Entrepreneurs, academics, and consultants from diverse industries offer practical advice on a variety of topics each business day.
To submit a tip for consideration, first check our archive of previous tips to make sure you're not repeating a tip someone has already contributed. Then send the tip to Small Business channel contributor Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Because of the volume of material she receives, she may not respond to each individual.