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6 Energy-Saving Tips for Difficult Times

You may be open for business or ramping up operations, but it's certainly not business as usual. In these challenging times, you may not have the money or time for big energy projects. We get that. That's why we've compiled this list of simple energy-saving measures you can implement right now to save money while maintaining comfort and safety.

1. Hit the OFF switch

Turn off lights and other powered devices when you're not using them. It's simple and effective. Occupancy or vacancy sensors are low-cost upgrades that can help by automatically turning lights off in unoccupied spaces.

2. Take your temperature

Adjust the thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature during operating hours and save energy after closing. Wi-Fi programmable thermostats can optimize savings and add convenience with advanced features, such as remote control.

3. Keep the air flowing

Don't make your HVAC system work harder than necessary. Make sure air vents are clear of furniture and equipment. The improved airflow will help reduce your HVAC costs and maintain a healthier indoor environment.

4. Change air filters

Air filters help keep particulate matter out of the air, improving your indoor air quality. Dirty air filters, however, can reduce HVAC system efficiency. Change air filters regularly according to manufacturer's instructions to improve HVAC efficiency and keep your indoor space cleaner.

5. Get some sleep

Computers and office equipment often keep on using a lot of power even when you're not using them. Enable power management "sleep" settings on all equipment. Also, plug devices into advanced power strips, which can automatically switch off power to devices that are not in use.
6. Stop the drain on hot water
Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120°F to save energy while still providing the hot water you need. Fix any water leaks as quickly as possible. Also, install water-efficient faucet aerators in the kitchen and restrooms.
Saving energy and money is important, but so is maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. See these tips
 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protecting your business and employees during an infectious disease outbreak.

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