Energy-saving tips your business can use
Monday, August 8, 2016
by: SDG&E

Section: News Roundup




  • Follow a routine maintenance schedule for your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system so it runs efficiently and lasts longer. See the owner’s manual for recommended steps you can take versus checkups, testing, cleaning and adjustments that need to be done by a qualified technician.
  • Clean or replace air filters every month during peak cooling season.
  • Check condenser coils and evaporator coils on HVAC units, heat pumps or chillers quarterly and clean them at least once a year. Dirty coils inhibit heat transfer and waste energy.
  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, comfort and health allowing. Adjust it higher or off when the building isn’t occupied. Gain remote control with smart thermostats.
  • Clear obstructions from areas in front of air registers.
  • Limit exhaust fan use to reduce the loss of conditioned air and the amount of makeup air your HVAC system needs.
  • Keep exterior doors closed while running your HVAC system to avoid wasting conditioned air.
  • Control direct sunlight. Use window coverings such as drapes, shades and blinds to reduce heat gain.
  • Caulk gaps around windows, vents, wires, pipes and other leaks in the building envelope.
  • Install weather-stripping to create a tight seal between the moving parts of doors and windows.
  • Shade windows with awnings, movable shutters, solar films, screens, landscaping or trees.
  • Check occupancy/motion sensors for proper operation to reduce lighting waste.
  • Power down equipment when not in use. Activate sleep settings, use smart power strips or turn off equipment at the end of the day.
  • Get alerts. Use My Account to set up billing and energy use alerts by voicemail, email or text.
  • View videos featuring local small-business success stories.
  • Find industry-specific solutions in our online guide.