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Business Energy Saving Tips

While many of the tips for homes are also applicable to businesses, the diversity of business types, their energy needs and activity schedules make a comprehensive treatment of measures impractical. Here are some broadly applicable recommendations.

  • Shut off non-essential machinery, computers, and other equipment and, if feasible, 50% of the copiers.
  • Consider moving operations or production schedules away from the first shift, or starting the first shift earlier in the day, to avoid high electricity demands during peak usage periods.
  • For new construction and renovations, investigate energy-efficient upgrades for building systems, including lighting, lighting controls, windows, HVAC, as well as renewable energy options such as solar PV, solar dhw, geothermal heating/cooling. Comply with the New Hampshire commercial energy code.

Cooling

  • Raise thermostat settings for your air conditioning systems by a few degrees during the working hours, and consider raising the thermostat further when your facilities are unoccupied. Raising the thermostat one degree per day (up to 78°) will make the transition easier.
  • Consider pre-cooling your facility in the early morning hours, prior to peak demand for electricity.
  • Verify that your HVAC equipment is properly maintained, on schedule, including changing the filters.
  • Use drapes or shades to prevent direct sunlight from entering your building.
  • Turn off every second or third lighting fixture in order to conserve electricity and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Allow casual wear that is more comfortable when air conditioning is reduced. Offer flex hours in the summer where practical to allow employees to come in earlier and leave earlier.
  • Implement "cool cafe" days, when the food service only serves cold items such as sandwiches, salads, fruits and vegetables.
  • Shut off non-essential machinery, computers, and other equipment and, if feasible, 50% of the copiers.
  • Consider moving operations or production schedules away from the first shift, or starting the first shift earlier in the day, to avoid high electricity demands during peak usage periods.

NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615