1. Sign up for
Online billing allows you to view
your energy use history in easy-
to-understand increments and
can help you recognize patterns.
2. Work with your
Some utility companies offer
rebates for installing energy
efficient HVAC, lighting, and other
3. Get an energy assessment.
Sign up for energy benchmarking through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. You can
important data to help you better track your building’s energy usage.
4. Work with local
Contact your local Main Street program,
Business Improvement District (BID), or
Community Development Corporation
(CDC) to learn more about sustainability
or energy efficiency programs.
5. Make small
changes that create
a big difference.
Using LED bulbs, weather-proofing
doors and windows, and turning off
plug loads are easy and quick ways to
save money and energy.
and their energy
Review small business energy tips
from the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL) and Preservation
Green Lab’s Windows report.
7. Take advantage
Replace manual thermostats with
programmable thermostats, and turn
down heating and cooling systems
when the building is unoccupied.
Apply upper and lower limits on
heating and cooling temperature set
Renewable energy sources like solar
panels can be a little pricey initially,
but over time, they can help you
reduce the energy costs incurred by
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s
historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same
in their own communities.
For more information, visit SavingPlaces.org.
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