It may seem like there are 100’s of different ways to reduce your energy bill. In reality there are only 2 ways to reduce that monthly check to the utility company.
The trick is to reduce your energy bill but not let comfort suffer. Normally, energy management system are willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort to reach the goal.
What we know today is that comfort and productivity go hand in hand. The loss of productivity far out ways the reduced energy bill.
Pay Less Per Kilowatt
Negotiate with your local utility company in an effort to get them to charge you less per kilowatt. That would be an interesting way to reduce your energy bill.
If you’re successful with this option, please let me know. The only way I know that a utility company is going charge you less per kilowatt is if you buy more kilowatts. Not a very effective way to spend less per month, kind of defeats the goal of reducing the energy bill.
Reduce the Amount of Kilowatts Used
This is the most effective way to reduce your energy bill. There are a few ways to drop your kilowatt usage, some produce dramatic results.
Buy New Energy Efficient Equipment
This tends to be very expensive option to say the least. The unfortunate side of this option is when the decision gets made, which is typically right after you’ve had a major failure. A failure needs to get fixed fast and almost always takes precedence over the selection process. This decision should be planned.
Turn Equipment, Lights Etc. Off
That’s right turn stuff off! You’ll save 100%! Pretty hard to beat 100%. The problem is all your employees and customers will leave because it is either too hot or too cold. Not a good option since the energy used is to support the revenue generated by your employees or customers.
The least expensive and best ROI of all your options is to implement a balanced reliability centered maintenance program. Dirt is the single biggest impediment to energy savings. Dirt causes parts and components to wear out faster. Dirt limits the transfer of heat, which is the basis of how heating and air conditioning work.