Posted on: 29 November 2022Share
Electricity bills tend to increase in the winter thanks to the additional heating demands brought on by the cold weather. The increase is especially noticeable in large commercial buildings. Commercial property managers need to balance holiday cheer, comfort, and bill management. Try these 4 tips to save money on electricity at your commercial property this winter.
1. Put lights on timers
Many businesses put up a holiday display to add to the community's Christmas cheer. However, Christmas lights get expensive. Save on costs by putting your holiday lights on timers. You can automate them to turn on at 6:00 p.m. and turn off at 9:00 p.m. every night. Even if you don't have a holiday display, it can be helpful to put your lights on timers. It can ensure that you don't get a higher bill than normal due to someone forgetting to shut the lights off after they close up for the day.
2. Use smart thermostats
Use smart thermostats to automate and easily control your heating system. Smart thermostats offer connectivity features, so you can connect the thermostat to Bluetooth and WiFi. With these connectivity features, you'll have the ability to control and monitor your thermostat from an app on your smartphone—no matter where you may be. The app will also alert you when you need maintenance or repair.
3. Get regular electrical maintenance
Your electrical wiring should last upwards of 50 years. It can even last longer if you maintain your system properly. Your electrical wiring can experience damage due to numerous reasons, including exposure to the elements, water damage, and broken cords. The maintenance will not only ensure that the system operates safely but also efficiently.
4. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
You will save a lot of money if you invest in efficiency from the start. Your furnace and water heater make up the majority of energy use. While electricity tends to offer better efficiency than gas appliances, you can increase efficiency even more by upgrading to a heat pump system or a hybrid system that allows you to switch between the heat pump and electricity. Heat pumps work by utilizing existing heat instead of creating it, making it one of the most efficient options available. If you can't invest in a heat pump, consider an electric furnace and electric water heater with an Energy Star sticker.
You can stay warm and festive without breaking the bank if you follow these 4 tips for saving money on electricity at your commercial property this winter.
Contact a local commercial electrician to learn more.