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How to Conduct a Self Energy Audit at Your Small Business

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Energy is a major expense for small businesses in the United States, accounting for more than $60 billion of operating costs every year.

But you can save money on energy by being conscious of how your business uses it.

Here are 5 steps to help you identify opportunities for efficiency.

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How to Conduct a Self Energy Audit at Your Small Business

  1. 1. AUDIT YOUR ENERGY USE WITH 5 EASY STEPS
  2. 2. Energy is a major expense for small businesses in the United States, accounting for more than $60 billion of operating costs every year. But you can save money on energy by being conscious of how your business uses it. Here are 5 steps to help you identify opportunities for efficiency. UNLOCK YOUR SMALL BUSINESS SAVINGS POTENTIAL 1
  3. 3. 1 When you understand your business’s energy consumption, you can make informed energy decisions and implement efficiency strategies. Check out these free tools that can help you track your usage and input energy data. ASSESS HOW YOUR BUSINESS USES ENERGY
  4. 4. It’s time to set clear and attainable energy-saving goals for your business. Identify target focus areas like lighting, HVAC and equipment, set benchmark goals, and measure your progress over time. 2BENCHMARK YOUR ENERGY PERFORMANCE
  5. 5. By making straightforward efficiency upgrades, changing behavior or locking in a more competitive energy rate, you could reduce your business’s energy costs between 10 and 30 percent. 3 2 TAKE ACTION ON YOUR FINDINGS
  6. 6. Saving on energy is a team sport. Keep employees informed about how they can save energy and encourage them to share their own ideas. By having an open dialogue, you can create an energy efficient work culture at your business. 4INVOLVE YOUR EMPLOYEES
  7. 7. When you focus on efficiencies and cost savings, you’re making an investment to do what’s best for your business. Celebrate to keep everyone invested in the goal. 5CELEBRATE YOUR PROGRESS
  8. 8. For more ideas about how to unlock your business’s savings potential, check out our 50 energy saving tips. REVEAL THE TIPS UNLOCK YOUR SAVINGS POTENTIAL.
  9. 9. © 2016 Direct Energy. All Rights Reserved. Direct Energy and the Lightning Bolt design are registered trademarks of Direct Energy. (DC PSC License No. EA-04-4-4; EA-13-12; GA-13-03-1; NJ BPU License Nos. ESL-0165, ESL-142, GSL-0145, GSL-0128; MD PSC License Nos. IR-437; IR-2697; IR-3123; IR-3108; PUCT Cert. No. 10011; Direct Energy Business, LLC CT PURA License Nos. 12-03; 00-05-14RE01; MA DPU License Nos. CS-021; GS-052; CS-108; GS-051). Products and services vary depending on region or market. Sources: 1.  NFIB, “Climate and energy policies that affect small business.” Retrieved October 21, 2016. 2. ENERGY STAR®, “Small Businesses: An Overview of Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Opportunities.” Retrieved October 21, 2016. DEB-0646-2016

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