As a business, the bottom line is always, well, your bottom line. Cutting back on any operating costs, no matter how small, directly translates to more money in your pocket. One significant business expense that is often overlooked during this time of the year is space heating. Here are a few ways you can trim down your company’s heating bill this winter:

  1. Maintain your HVAC system. If you are looking for ways to lower your heating costs, it makes sense to start with your office’s heating system. Changing the air filter every month is a basic maintenance task that can significantly improve your energy-efficiency and air quality.

  1. Keep your curtains open. The sun is a free source of heat – are you using it to your advantage? Open your window curtains during the day time, especially on south-facing windows, to let the sunlight naturally warm your office.

  1. Leave the oven open while it cools down. If your break room has an oven, encourage employees to leave the door open after cooking to circulate its warm air throughout the office.

  1. Invest in a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to preset your desired temperature for different times of the day and days of the week. You can use this technology to program your heating system to automatically use less energy when it is needed – such as overnight and on the weekends.

  1. Make sure your vents aren’t obstructed. If your office uses a forced-air heating system, you want to make sure your air vents are unobstructed. Blocked vents don’t just prevent heat from spreading throughout the office, they also create a fire hazard.

How much energy is your business spending on space heating? An energy management system can help you determine your energy costs, and pinpoint consumption down to specific functions or pieces of equipment. If you want to learn more about energy management systems, give the experts at Electro Industries a call at (866) 928-7908.