Seven Effective Ways to Lower Energy Bill
By: Ashley Lamb
Starting in September, the Northern Hemisphere starts experiencing gloomier days, cooler nights and a rise in energy bills. For businesses in these areas, this puts tension in their budgets further each year, with “nearly a twenty percent increase in U.S. commercial electricity costs since 2005.” 
In the months leading up to winter, there are ways to help offset these bills with a range of “energy efficient technologies and tips from ENERGY STAR certified equipment, to carbon footprint calculators, to Auto-On/Auto-Off technologies.”  Here are a few ways to make a difference in setting your business up for a more money-saving season.
- Be realistic about saving energy
The first step when trying to save energy is to set a goal. Realistically, businesses should “be able to cut up to ten percent of their energy usage with relatively little effort.
2. Set a benchmark
Before any changes are made to your current energy usage try to measure and estimate exactly how much you are already using to compare against later. .
3. Turn off equipment when not in use
A great way to save energy when equipment is not in use is to turn it off. The stress-free way to make sure a tool is powered off is to plug it into a power strip with an on/off button and use this to turn off the tool when it is not in use.
4. Adjust the thermostat
Lowering the thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer are two great energy saving tips.
5. Reconsider Lighting
If you are able to change your office’s lighting, you can invest in more energy effective bulbs, such as LEDs.
6. Invest in energy-saving equipment
While there is an upfront investment when purchasing new equipment, this is a cost-efficient option if you’re already considering upgrading.
7. Take advantage of special pricing
If you are deciding on whether to invest in energy-efficient equipment, check out financing options in your region.