Thursday, December 16, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

As energy costs tend to go up during the colder months, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. would like to provide some quick and easy tips for businesses to save money (not only in the winter, but year round as well!)
Some Energy Tips for Small Businesses*:
Office Equipment
  • Turn off all office equipment and lights every night and weekend. If you can't turn off the whole computer, turn off the monitor and the printer.
  • When purchasing computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR models that "power down" after a user-specified period of inactivity.
Lighting
  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms.
  • Retrofit incandescent or fluorescent exit signs with long-lasting, low-energy LED exit signs.
  • Clean dusty diffusers and lamps every 6-12 months for improved lumen output
HVAC
  • Set thermostats at 78 degrees for cooling in the summer and 68 degrees for heating in the winter.
  • Install electronic time clocks or setback-programmable thermostats to maximize efficiency.
  • Install locking covers on your thermostats to prevent employees from tampering with temperature settings.
  • Install ceiling and wall insulation.
  • Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
  • During winter heating, to help move warm air that is trapped on the ceiling, blades should turn 'forward' in a clockwise motion. This movement will push up the air and pull the warm trapped air down the sides of the room improving heat distribution.
*Most Tips From the District of Columbia Department of the Environment Website.

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