Thursday, September 6, 2012

Reduce Your Use and Increase Profitability


For many San Diego residents long summers are a good thing but for small businesses the extra energy expended can be costly. There are several ways for virtually any small business to improve its energy efficiency while cutting operating costs and improving profitability.

As hot weather continues to strain the energy grid, Accion and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) want your small business to save energy and money by participating in the SDG&E’s Reduce Your Use program. 

SDG&E designates Reduce Your Use days when customers who reduce their energy use can earn savings rewards on their next bill. SDG&E will send your business an alert when hot weather is anticipated to strain their system or during  any unusual situation that requires saving energy. All SDG&E customers are eligible to participate. It is not mandatory, but you might as well pitch in and save.

Follow the energy saving tips in this article between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Reduce Your Use days to save money on your SDG&E bill, earn savings credits and help San Diego prevent blackouts and energy strains.
Steps to Earning Rewards
1. Set up a Reduce Your Use alert on the SDG&E website to be notified in advance of the next Reduce Your Use day. Visit www.sdge.com/save-money/reduce-your-use/reduce-your-use-rewards
2. Save energy between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the actual day.
3. Automatically earn rewards for saving energy.
4. View your reward credits online or on your bill.

Reduce Your Use Tips for Business
1. Raise your central A/C’s thermostat setting four to six degrees from where you usually have it set.
2. Use fans to delay or reduce the need for cooling.
Turn off all unused office equipment, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines1. and scanners.
2. Shut off exhaust fans when the rooms they serve are unoccupied unless health codes require constant ventilation.
3. Turn off water circulation devices between 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
4. Shade windows, doors and skylights with awnings, sunscreens and blinds.
5. Turn off all decorative lighting and reduce lighting in areas that are not being used.
6. Use newer “smart” power strips that can turn off equipment when it's not in use.
7. Educate and encourage employees to be energy-conscious and offer ideas about how energy can be saved.

Many small businesses have saved money by making their offices and workplaces energy efficient year round. If you want to learn more about how your business uses energy and ways that you can start saving, schedule a free on-site energy analysis with SDG&E to evaluate your current usage and learn your top energy-saving opportunities.

Contact the Energy Savings Center at 1-800-644-6133 or ESC@semprautilities.com to schedule your appointment or visit the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center where you can test energy efficient equipment: http://www.sdge.com/eic

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