Winter is Coming – Are You Ready?
Prevailing wage contractors and, indeed, all types of businesses have to stay on top of their game this coming winter. Changes in the season means changes in weather conditions, energy bills, and heating conditions.
For small business government contractors, reducing any additional costs this winter –either through loss of productivity or through inefficient heating systems—can make a huge difference in the profit margins. Here are a few tips to ‘winterize’ your business in preparation for the cold season.
Tip #1: Seal any leaks, drafts and gaps
You might have invested in state-of-the-art insulation technology or heating systems, but that won’t matter as much if there are leaks and gaps in your workplace. The Department of Energy once reported that anywhere from $200 to $400 can be lost each year through these air leaks.
To fully maximize your heating, assess your workplace for gaps around doors and windows, and all throughout the building.
Tip #2: Invest in your heating system
Take the time to ensure that your heating system is maintained well. Check your office’s boiler and heating system. Any points of inefficiency can mean unnecessarily increased energy consumption and lost money.
These problems can be in the form of thermostat defects, dripping and leakage.
Tip #3: Ensure adequate insulation
Reducing the exchange of heat through surfaces like your office’s walls and ceiling can go a long way in trapping warm air in your workplace. A professional insulation expert or builder should evaluate your existing insulation system. Before winter arrives, you should have your insulation adequately put up.
Tip #4: Make the most out of your lighting
Lighting can make up to 25% of commercial energy costs. If you want to save up on your energy budget, spending wisely is your best cost. Replace the conventional, energy-consuming light bulbs with more energy-efficient models.
LED bulbs are generally considered to be more energy-efficient in the long run. While these bulbs and lights may seem more expensive per unit upfront, they end up saving you from costly energy bills.
Tip #5: Prepare the pipes
When it gets really freezing, the pipes in your office building can take a lot of damage. Pressure builds up and the pipes can burst.
Prepare the pipes by ensuring enough insulation around pipes that are placed outside or in unheated areas.
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