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Go Beyond the Hour
Earth Hour is Every Hour!
Big or Small, Every Action Counts
There are lots of ways to make every hour, Earth Hour and help green your business. Turning off your lights is just the beginning. From making sure your heating and air conditioning system is being maintained, to setting the thermostat as low as 18 degrees during business hours, no action is too small.
To help you go beyond the hour, check out business tips:
- Did you know? For every 1 degree the thermostat setpoint is turned down in the winter or up in the summer, you cut one per cent off of your annual energy bill!
- Take advantage of current lighting retrofit incentives and switch out inefficient T12 fluorescent tubes with T8s or T5s and exterior HIDs with LEDs.
- Install occupancy sensors to turn off lights when rooms are empty or photocell sensors to dim lights when daylight is doing the job.
- Turn off your computers at night combined with current-sensing power bars can save $25/year per desktop, schedule IT updates so this is possible.
- Use programmable thermostats to minimize heating and cooling requirements based on occupancy.
- Make sure your heating and air conditioning system is being maintained one or two times per year, small malfunctions can make a big cost difference.
- Window film applications can be customized to reject heat and reflect glare from “hot spots” and too bright areas, improving employee comfort while cutting A/C costs.
- Purchase Energy Star certified appliances used in kitchens and common areas.
- Vending machines can be fitted with sensors that turn them on only when someone is nearby, cutting energy use by 50 per cent.
- Work with your landlord when negotiating your lease to come up with a “Green Lease” agreement where both parties can fund and benefit from energy retrofits.
- When re-roofing, consider a “cool roof” that reflects heat back up into the atmosphere instead of overheating the building in the summertime, at a premium of only $0.05-0.20/ft2.
- In winter, setting the thermostat as low as 18 degrees during business hours is often adequate for employees and during summer 25 degrees may be cool enough.