Learn how you can make your business more energy efficient with these small, low-cost changes.

Running a business takes a lot of cash and capital, but did you know lowering your energy consumption can actually save you money? It may seem like a huge undertaking to make your business more energy efficient, but even small, low-cost changes can have a huge impact! An easy way to make the journey towards energy efficiency is by calling on the help of Energy Alabama.  

How to Become an Energy Efficient Business

August 11, 2017

Learn how you can make your business more energy efficient by making some small, low-cost changes.

Running a business takes a lot of cash and capital, but did you know lowering your energy consumption can actually save you money? It may seem like a huge undertaking to make your business more energy efficient, but even small, low-cost changes can have a huge impact! An easy way to make the journey towards energy efficiency is by calling on the help of Energy Alabama.

“Energy efficiency is not about spending lots of money; that’s a common misconception. What we try to go after is how to spend the money you are already spending now better.”
Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama

Energy Alabama is a non-profit based in Huntsville that helps people and businesses throughout the state become more energy efficient and switch to renewable energy. Their goal is to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy through education, technical assistance, and policy. They also strive to create a more business friendly environment so local companies can make the necessary changes and upgrades to buildings.

Businesses can receive the help of Energy Alabama in many ways; one way is through their Huntsville Better Buildings Challenge (HBBC).  This is a national model they have adapted to the Huntsville area, with the goal of helping businesses save on energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. Finding ways to make your business more energy efficient not only helps your business, but the entire local economy and community.

Energy efficiency specifically creates more jobs per $1 million invested than any other sector or industry in the country. So if you think about job creation and multiply the benefits beyond your bottom line, it’s the best way to make the most jobs in the economy as possible. Energy efficiency is inherently a local thing. The more of it we can support locally, the better the impact,” says Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama.

Ready to start making some changes? Daniel gave us a list of ways businesses, large and small, can help minimize their energy impact and become more energy efficient. Trying some of these strategies won’t only minimize your energy output, but also utilize your business’s money more efficiently and save you cash in the long run.

  • Benchmark your building to compare its energy consumption with similar buildings
  • Check that windows and doors seal and function properly
  • Use proper HVAC set points when business is closed
  • Begin running systems at different times to avoid high demand charges
  • Shut lights off or utilize partial lighting when closed
  • Upgrade to LED lightings
  • Add insulation
  • Audit HVAC system to find any problem areas

Making some of these simple changes can have a drastic change on your energy consumption and your utility bills. If you’re interested in learning more about how your business stacks up on energy consumption and ways to help minimize impact while lowering costs, join the Huntsville Better Buildings Challenge today!

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