There are many smart technologies that make our lives easier, from voice assistants to doorbells and everything in between. While these technologies simplify many functions of our daily lives, there are also a number of smart technologies that can help when it comes to your business’ energy. These smart technologies are designed to improve your business’ energy efficiency and maximize savings, while simplifying many business functions along the way.
Smart thermostats allow you to have greater control over your business’ heating and cooling. According to ENERGY STAR, these Wi-Fi-enabled devices automatically adjust heating and cooling temperatures for optimal performance. These thermostats learn your heating and cooling preferences and utilize occupancy sensors and geofencing to use less energy when people aren’t around. With a smart thermostat, you can also control your settings via internet-connected devices, such as home assistants or smartphones. Heating and cooling makes up a large part of your energy bill, so small changes like these make a big difference.
Using LED lightbulbs is a great first step in reducing your business’ energy usage. Installing smart lighting takes your energy efficiency commitment a step further. This technology is Wi-Fi-enabled and allows you to control all the lights in your business by using an app or website. With the touch of a button, you can turn off a forgotten light or dim a few bulbs from anywhere. Some smart lighting also contains occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lights if a room is empty. While smart lighting does require an initial investment, the return you get from energy efficiency savings could be a worthwhile investment for your business.
One of the easiest ways to make your business “smart” is to use smart plugs. These plugs can transform many devices in your business into a smart device. Simply plug into your outlet and plug in small appliances, such as fans, coffee makers and lights. These appliances can be turned on and off via home assistants, your smartphone or just your voice. Many smart plugs also have scheduling features, adding extra convivence.
A smart tip even without the technology
Our last energy efficiency tip is applicable whether you utilize smart technologies or not. If possible, avoid turning on appliances, lighting and heating all at the same time. Spacing this out will help lower your business’ energy demand which could help decrease your overall costs in the future.
These are just a few examples of smart technology that can help your business become more energy efficient, saving you time and money in the process. If you’d like to learn more about how AEP Energy can help you practice energy efficiency, contact our Energy Consultants at 1-877-648-1936. If you are a current customer and would like to learn more, please call your Account Management Team at 1-888-924-7111.