As a non-profit organization, you are no doubt always looking for easy and effective ways to lower your operating costs. With winter right around the corner, now is the time to start implementing ways to save on your heating costs this winter. Below is a list of five actionable steps you can take right now to ensure a reduction on this year’s heating costs.
1.Eliminate Drafts Into Your Building
Any drafts in your building can cause cold air to come in and warm out to escape. This can cause an increase in your energy bills. Do your best to eliminate any drafts into your building by weatherstripping doors and windows, apply caulking to any holes around exterior outlets, wiring, cables, or pipes, and attach plastic over the windows for added protection.
2.Purchase and Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money on your energy bills. You can program the thermostat at a comfortable level when your organization is opened, and then lower the thermostat during off hours to save money.
3.Have Your Heating Unit Professionally Serviced
Before the winter season is here, call your service technician to have you heating unit fully serviced. This will clean out your unit and the filters, so your heater will perform better during the winter. Your technician may also be able to make small repairs to make it run more efficiently.
4.Get the Most Out of Your Heat
Make sure that all furniture, stands, and materials are pulled away from your heating vents or registered in every room of your building. Blocked vents or registered will prevent the rooms from heating properly. This will cause your heating unit to run more often, increasing your heating costs.
5.Make Good Use of Natural Sunlight
The sun can help to warm of many of the rooms in your office naturally, so the heater does not have to run as much. Be sure to open the blinds in your building at certain times of the day when the sun will shine through. You should also shut these blinds once the sun goes down.
These five steps are easy to complete but they are well worth the added effort. Together theycan help you see significant decrease in your heating costs. In fact, you could see up to a 20% savings on your upcoming heating bill, depending on your specific situation.