Energy Savings Guide


Use Energy Efficient Lighting

• Traditional fluorescent lamps
• Compact fluorescent lamps
• Ellipsoidal reflector type incandescent
• (LED) Light emitting diode lamp in exit signs.

Turn Lights Off

• Near windows
• During periods when not occupied

Use Automatic Control Systems

• Timers (outdoor and indoor lights)
• Photo sensors (outdoor and indoor lights)
• Occupancy sensors (interior lights)
Note: While the life of a fluorescent lamp can be shortened if it is turned on and off frequently, remember that energy cost savings far outweigh the cost of these lamps during their lifetimes. Lights should be turned off if nobody will be in the area for 10-20 minutes or longer. Also, dust, grease, and other dirt accumulations on lamps, lenses, globes, and reflecting surfaces of the fixture can reduce light output by as much as 30%.


Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

• Use thermostats for energy economy
• Check thermostats for accuracy
• Reduce HVAC running time and turn off one-half hour before closing time
• Eliminate unnecessary HVAC use during unoccupied hours
• Consider a clock thermostat
• Turn off or reduce cooling or heating for any room or area not being used

Help Your HVAC Work More Efficiently

• Make sure central air system is balanced
• Clean or replace filters and clean coils regularly
• Have an expert service your HVAC units
• Consider buying a new unit or system – Extra cost can be offset in savings over time

Control “ON” Time

• Equipment will use less energy if it runs fewer hours. Control “run time” with either manual or automatic controls that are set properly.

Tighten Things Up

• Leaks around windows and doors, at faucets, and through uninsulated roofs waste energy. There are many inexpensive ways to fix these.

Get Things Serviced

• Professional servicing keeps energy using equipment operating as efficiently as it can.

Install Better Replacement Parts

• Replace with new, more energy efficient parts or with lower wattage.

Make Equipment Changes and Sound Purchases

• When you replace or add equipment, such as an air conditioner, buying an energy-efficient model of the right size will save money on energy bills.
Note: Contrary to what you may have heard, it does save energy dollars to turn the HVAC off, to let a building heat up or cool down, and then restore it to the desired temperature some time later. Also, try these temperatures levels: Cooling Seasons 76 degrees to 78 degrees, Heating Seasons 66 degrees to 68 degrees.


Office Equipment

• Turn off machines when not in use
• Select smaller machines to use


• Turn equipment on only when necessary
• Set temperature only as high as needed

Refrigeration & Freezing

• Keep doors closed
• Ensure integrity of seal
• Use night covers
• Set controls only as low as necessary

Refrigeration Level

• Frozen Food -8 degrees F
• Ice Cream -14 degrees F
• Delicatessen 35 degrees F
• Beverages 40 degrees F
Note: Review with your refrigeration contractor to assure proper levels for your particular needs.

Washing & Drying

• Reduce water temperatures
• Use cleaning materials that save hot water
• Maintain the right dishwater pressure
• Load machines fully

Hot Water – Reduce the Temperature

Hot Water Temperatures
• Hand washing 105 degrees
• Showers 105 degrees
• Laundry 160 degrees
• Dishwasher rinse 180 degrees


Note: Windows, doors, walls, foundation, floor and roof provide an “envelope” of protection from the outdoors.

Tighten Doors & Windows

• Fix doors that don’t close
• Adjust automatic door close
• Close gaps
• Replace broken glass

Shade Windows

• Adjust shades and blinds, or install window film to control the sun’s heat.
• Use deciduous bushes and trees to shade windows especially those facing South and West.

Check Insulation

• Without proper insulation, you may be paying more, perhaps a lot more, than you should for heating or air conditioning.
Note: We all have said “But It’s Only A Little Crack”. It is a fact that a pair of exterior doors with no weather-stripping can easily have an opening of ¼” where the doors meet.

While this doesn’t look or sound like much, on a 6’8” high pair of doors it adds up to the equivalent of a 16 square inch opening! A similar gap in just two average-size doublehung windows, where the sashes meet, would add up to the same 16 square inch hole!

In conclusion, keep your profits from going out the window! These proven energy saving measures can help you make your business more energy efficient, boost productivity, increase the comfort of customers and staff, and benefit your bottom line – Saving Your Energy Dollars.