General Business Tips
Add roof insulation
One of the most cost-effective energy conservation measures available is to add roof insulation, including a vapor barrier, when you're replacing a roof. Whether the project is a 19th century historic property with a lead-coated copper roof or a flat-roofed industrial building from the 1930s, the cost of adding insulation results in a rapid payback.
Consult the experts
Take advantage of expert advice by asking your local utility for technical energy audits, payback calculations, cost comparisons, rate analyses, fuel cost projections, and estimates of future rate increases. It is staffed with representatives specializing in commercial energy applications who are eager to assist you.
Operate well-maintained equipment with properly-trained staff
Ensure that all equipment (old and new) is operated correctly by trained personnel on an ongoing basis. Keeping equipment maintained doesn't cost, it pays.
Perform energy audits
Perform regular energy audits to establish the basic costs and uses of energy forms including electricity, gas, and steam, and to identify waste or inefficiency. By identifying on-peak and off-peak periods, you can take advantage of a utility's rate structure.
Turn off computer equipment and copiers when they're not in use
Encourage employees to turn off computers, monitors, printers, and copiers when they are not being used. Consider equipping computers with devices that turn them off automatically after a set period of inactivity. Turning off a typical personal computer during non-working hours saves about $75 per year in energy costs.