Depending on the type of company it is, small businesses can use energy in a variety of ways. While every business is different, these four functions tend to be among the biggest energy consumers for all companies, regardless of size or industry.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling is the #1 energy expense in residential homes across the country, and the same is true for many businesses. Our HVAC systems run year-round to help keep us comfortable, and require large amounts of energy to do so. Add in the fact that most business owners neglect to properly maintain their HVAC system, and it is easy to see how they can quickly rack up your utility bill.

Computer Equipment

No matter the type of business you operate, chances are good you have at least one computer to help you carry out your daily functions. Some businesses have hundreds, if not thousands of computers being used every day – not to mention the monitors, printers, copy machines, and other accessories present in many offices.


One singular light bulb (usually) doesn’t require much energy to run, but if your office has several hundreds of them, the costs can quickly add up – especially if you are using old, inefficient lighting. Incandescent light bulbs are rarely used anymore, but if your office is utilizing them, you are flushing money down the drain. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs can cut lighting costs by 80% or more, which can equate to thousands of dollars per year for some businesses.

Break Room Appliances

This is something that most people don’t think about, but the refrigerator, microwave, and stove in your employee break room could account for a significant portion of your energy bill. Make sure you are properly maintaining these appliances to maximize their energy efficiency, and when the time comes to replace them, always purchase an Energy Star model.

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For the past 40 years, we have been a worldwide leader in energy management systems. Using our power monitoring equipment, you can track your facility’s energy consumption in real time. This allows you to identify inefficiencies and eliminate them, reducing wasted energy and operating costs. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.