Showing posts with label Utility bills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Utility bills. Show all posts

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Down the Drain: How to Save Money on Your Business’s Utility Bills

Business owners often find that while they are attending to the other details of their companies, their utility costs have begun to skyrocket. 

You can limit your utility expenses if you implement a few basic controls that will have a long-term effect on costs. Some of these tips require an initial investment, but they will pay for themselves over the long run.

Utilize Natural Light

Instead of depending on artificial light sources for work areas in your business, let in the natural light that provides a healthier light source and reduces your energy costs. 

Install shades that allow the light in during favorable parts of the day that can be closed at times when the light shining into the building is too intense.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Make sure your facility has programmable thermostats installed in various areas. 

These devices can be set to provide comfortable temperatures when people are in the building, but will automatically change the temperatures to reduce energy use when the building is empty. Programmable thermostats can save you hundreds of dollars each year.

Update Your Light Bulbs

If you are using the same type of lighting businesses have used for the last 40 years, you are wasting money on your electric bills. New types of lighting can provide superior lighting while minimizing the amount of electricity used, so you can increase your business’s productivity while lowering your utility costs.

Use Power Save or Sleep Mode on Equipment

Encourage your employees to use power saving modes on their computer equipment while they are at work. In addition, they should also make sure they use the sleep modes on these devices when they leave the office. The use of power strips can also help you to save energy and reduce your electricity bills.

Implement Water Conservation Measures

Ensure that toilet fixtures in your facility are water-conserving types that will reduce the overall amount of water your employees use throughout the year. Install faucets with aerators that reduce water use. 

Put up signs that encourage employees to turn off the faucets in between tasks to save water and reduce costs. If you are able to use non-potable water for your production processes, contact a local water treatment facility like Econocycle to arrange to utilize this resource instead of fully treated water.

Landscape with Water Efficiency in Mind

When landscaping around your facility, keep water conservation in mind. Plant tree and shrub species that are native plants or drought-tolerant that don’t need constant watering. 

Similarly, install a turf species that can thrive without constant watering or choose low-growing ground coverings that will be attractive, yet reduce overall water use.

Simple actions can make a big difference in your utility costs. If business owners take the time to do an audit of their energy use and water use, they can often find a number of ways to conserve resources and reduce expenses. 

Implement a few of these tips, and you will soon find that saving on utility costs will become part of your annual budgeting.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Home Plumbing: How to Save Money on your Monthly Utility bills

Utility bills are a necessary evil. One of the most annoying utility bills is most likely your water. In fact, your water bill is probably higher if you have multiple people living in your household. 

So how do you save money on your water bill each month? If you are looking for ways to save money on your home's water bill, you may be searching for methods that will not impact your use of water. 

After all, you may not want to rush through bathing to take a two minute shower or skimp on hygiene functions like washing your hands. The reality is that you need water in the home, but you may not want to pay a fortune for it. These tips will help you to curb your usage of water without impacting how you use it. 

Install Low-Flow Shower Heads

Low-flow shower heads and faucets are aerated. This means that they are designed to deliver a powerful stream of water to you without using so much water. Rather than relying solely on water pressure, they also rely on air pressure to create a forceful stream. 

This means that your experience using the water features is not impaired in any way, but you will use less water. Companies like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric can help you to install new shower heads and faucets.

Update Your Toilets

Energy efficient toilets are still relatively a new thing over the last 10-15 years. If you live in a relatively old home, it would probably be smart to update your toilet. Today's toilets are designed to use significantly less water with each flush. 

Some have advanced technology that lets you decide if you need more or less water based on the type of waste that is in the toilet bowl. If you can’t update your toilet yet, you can at the very least adjust your water levels on your toilet to help you save on your water bill each month.

Invest in a Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system can help you to save money on your water bill as well. This is because these systems can be installed so that water is only distributed on the vegetation rather than falling on the driveway, street and other paved surfaces. 

It can also be placed evenly so that there is minimal water waste, and you can program the settings so water usage is fully controlled.

Invest in a Tankless Hot Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are becoming a thing now, especially if you are the kind of person that is looking for energy efficiency and looking to save on your water bills each month. 

You can also invest in a new hot water heater to save money on water consumption. Think about how much water you waste when you turn on the faucet to wash your hands with warm water or to take a shower. 

You may wait a minute or longer each time to draw hot water from the system. A tankless hot water heater heats water on demand immediately, and there are benefits associated with this.

As you can see, it is possible to save money on your water usage without changing how you use hot water and cold water. If you are interested in exploring new ways to save money on your water usage, consider working with a plumber to make some improvements to your home. 

You will also want to take a look at how you can decrease your water usage in order to save money on a month to month basis.

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