My DIY Energy Audit

Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

Check around your business to see whether your lightbulbs are incandescent, or more energy efficient CFL or LEDs. By replacing inefficient bulbs, you can increase energy efficiency more than 6-7 times.

 
  • My bulbs are energy efficient
  • My bulbs need an upgrade
  • I'll investigate later

Smart Power Strips

Are you using smart power strips in your offices and work areas? Unlike traditional power strips, smart strips use auto-switching technology to shut down devices that aren’t in use, making sure they don’t eat up power. Before you switch them out though, make sure to check industry and equipment guidelines and keep safety top of mind.

 
  • I’m using smart strips
  • My power strips need an upgrade
  • I’ll investigate later

Smart Thermostat

For many businesses, installing a programmable, or smart, thermostat is one of the easiest ways to monitor, control, and potentially reduce how much energy you use. You can do it in a few simple steps by following the instructions that come with your thermostat. And don’t forget to set up a schedule that fits your heating and cooling needs.

 
  • I’m using a smart thermostat
  • My thermostat needs an upgrade
  • I’ll investigate later

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks around windows and doors allow heat to escape during winter and cool air to flow out during summer. And they can cause your HVAC system to work in overdrive, consuming more energy than necessary. But with just a few household items, you can easily find and close up the leaks.

 
  • I don’t have any air leaks
  • I found leaks to seal
  • I’ll investigate later

Water Heater Temperature

Many manufacturers set hot water heaters at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, even though 120 degrees is usually plenty hot. You may be able to lower your water heater’s temperature to save energy.

 
  • My water heater is set to the right temperature
  • My water heater is set too hot
  • I’ll investigate later

Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature

To keep food cold enough, your refrigerator should be set between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer should be set to 0 degrees. You may be able to adjust their temperatures to save energy.

 
  • My settings are correct
  • My settings need to be adjusted
  • I’ll investigate later

Furnace Maintenance

A furnace requires regular upkeep to maintain its performance. You can do some simple things such as checking the filter and cleaning it to ensure it’s running efficiently.

 
  • My furnace upkeep is all set
  • My furnace needs maintenance
  • I’ll investigate later

Window Heat Loss and Gain

Sunlight can warm your space, but during warmer months, that can cause your air conditioner to work overtime. Installing shades or blinds to windows that are exposed to the sun gives you more control over temperature. You may also consider adding awnings over entryways that have larger sun exposure.

 
  • I have window treatments
  • My windows need treatments
  • I’ll investigate later

Equipment and Electronics

Are your appliances and equipment using more energy than necessary? Older models often suck up far more electricity than updated energy efficient ones. Look for ENERGY STAR certifications to be sure your appliances aren’t causing extra expenses on your bills.

 
  • I’ve got the latest and greatest
  • My appliances are a little outdated
  • I’ll investigate later