When it comes to conserving energy, small businesses can typically save as much money and prevent as much pollution per square foot as big companies. And all types of small businesses can easily cut energy costs, from home-based businesses and restaurants, to inns, service firms and even non-profits. A great place to help you do it is Uncle Sam's "Energy Star" program for small business which delivers a powerful package of benefits that you can access for free. Environmental leadership adds value to your brand and your business. What you get by joining the Energy Star program:
- Free, accurate and unbiased information on cutting your energy costs.
- A toll-free technical support hotline.
- A "how-to" guide for analyzing and upgrading energy efficiency at your facility.
- A resource directory of lenders willing to help small businesses with energy upgrades.
- Connections to energy equipment and service contractors and utilities.
- Free workshops and seminars on improving energy efficiency.
- National and local recognition, plus PR materials to promote your efforts.
Explore the energy- and money-saving resources at Energy StarThis program is geared to the specific needs of small business.
calculate potential savings, find answers to common questions or ask a technical question related to the program or saving energy at your small business.
Find energy saving product and service providers fastEnergy Star service and product providers can help identify and implement quality projects that will improve your total energy management.
Directory to locate the companies that can provide you the services and products that will help lower operating costs and increase your bottom line.
See small business energy-saving success storiesSmall businesses of all types coast-to-coast are saving big on energy costs.
Kiddie U's daycare and learning facility in Orlando, FL is saving about $6,500, and preventing more than 120,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually with high-efficiency air-conditioning, programmable thermostats, T8 fluorescent lamps/electronic ballasts, occupancy sensors, and optimal insulation. See how others are doing it.
Get financing for energy upgradesHigher-cost energy upgrades may require financing.
financial resources for small business.
Investigate options for your specific type of business or industryEnergy Star offers information and resources tailed to various small business types.
Grocery & Convenience Stores; Home Based Businesses; Lodging; Manufacturing; Renters & Tenants; Restaurants; Service & Product Providers.
Discover regional, state and local energy saving programsOfferings can include financial and technical assistance to improve the energy efficiency of your business.
which states have programs available now.
Go for private sector solutionsUncle Sam's not the only one offering free and unbiased help for cutting energy costs at your business.
Get cash back for your small business energy upgradesMany suppliers and utility companies offer cash incentives for taking energy saving steps such as replacing lighting or joining special programs.
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Tap these other energy resourcesFind other energy saving options at these supplier and information sites.
- If you are thinking about purchasing a new heating system, central air conditioning system, or room air conditioner for your business, look for ENERGY STAR models. These are the most energy efficient models on the market and will save you money.
- Your office won't warm up any faster if you raise the thermostat setting. When your heating system is on it runs at the same rate regardless of the temperature setting.
- Shut the doors to your business or at least try to minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed.
- Closing the heating vents or radiators in an unoccupied office can save 5-10% on your heating costs.
- Leaks develop in all air ducts over time. Sealing these leaks in ducts can reduce heating costs by up to 20% with reductions of 10% extremely common.
- Take advantage of the heat from the sun. Open shades on the southern and eastern windows during the day. Close these shades when the sun goes down to keep the heat from escaping.