Energy Savings for StartupsPosted: February 20, 2017
No one wants to spend more than they have to for energy. And when you’re getting a new business off the ground, keeping costs under control is especially vital.
We’ve compiled some energy tips that could mean savings for your startup business, whether you’re pursuing high-tech breakthroughs or launching a new manufacturing operation. (Or both.)
First, PPL’s Direct Discount program is specifically geared to small businesses, with the goal of reducing time burdens and up-front investment in energy efficiency upgrades. A single contractor performs an assessment of your facility, installs upgrades and handles paperwork for rebates – which can save up to 80 percent of the project cost.
To get started and find out if your business is eligible, you have two choices. You can call PPL’s Business Energy Efficiency Program at 866-432-5501. Or, you can visit our Contractor Search site, choose Direct Discount under Contractor Type, and get in touch with a participating contractor for more information.
PPL Electric Utilities also offers business rebates on the purchase of efficient computer, HVAC , building control and other equipment. An investment in more efficient technology can pay off through rebates and long-term energy savings. Full information is available at pplelectric.com/businessrebates.
Shopping for energy
You may be able to save by buying energy from a competitive supplier – a step more than half of our commercial customers have already taken.
Many competitive suppliers offer prices that are lower than PPL Electric Utilities’ price to compare. No matter who sells you the energy, it will be reliably carried to you over PPL’s delivery network. To check out competitive suppliers’ offers, visit PAPowerSwitch.com, a website operated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
Before you sign a contract with a competitive supplier, make sure you know the terms of the deal: How long does it last? Are there cancellation fees? Is the rate variable – which means it can change over time – or fixed?
Also, while you don’t need to revisit your supply contract every week, it’s worth checking it after six months or a year to make sure you’re still paying a good price. If energy prices have gone down, you may be able to get a better deal.
Little things add up
Finally, sweat the small stuff. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. Replace conventional bulbs with energy-saving, long-lasting LEDs. Take advantage of natural sunlight to light your work space as much as possible. Plug energy-sucking appliances into smart power strips, so you can stop them from drawing power when they’re not in use.
Don’t overlook the human factor, either. Make sure everyone on your team recognizes the importance of efficiency. Many sources even suggest designating one employee or team member as an energy savings specialist – a person who will list energy efficiency among their duties and keep their eyes open for chances to save.
The little things may not save you a huge amount, but it’s still money you can put to use in growing your business.
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