There can be many contributors to your business’s energy costs, and investing in technology, such as smart devices, can be a good way to save energy

How smart is your business?

With numerous appliances running at once it can be easy for your business energy use to add up. Smart devices can help detect potential energy efficiencies as well as problems that need to be addressed. 

Before you invest in smart technology it may be good to first look at your business’s current energy usage and determine the top uses of energy. This may help you decide which smart devices may be the most beneficial to your business energy costs to ensure you get the most out of your investment. 

Here are some of the smart devices that may help your business save energy. 

Smart thermostats

Heating and cooling systems can use a lot of energy, and especially for businesses that have to heat or cool a large space. Maintaining consistent and comfortable temperature is more enjoyable for your employees, but it can also help when it comes to your energy bills as well. 

A step further than programmable thermostats, smart thermostats provide convenience and cost savings for your business. 

You can program smart thermostats to turn off when optimal temperature is reached, or to turn on and off at a set time each day so heating or cooling doesn’t get left on overnight or over the weekends. You can also adjust the temperature remotely. 

With a smart thermostat you can deliver heating or cooling to specific rooms and areas so you’re not heating unused areas. This will help you cut down on your energy bills. 

Smart lighting

Turning off the lights is an easy way to reduce energy consumption, but it’s also an easy thing to forget. For better control over your lighting, you may want to consider investing in smart bulbs and motion sensors. 

Smart bulbs can be connected to your Wi-Fi and controlled via an app. You can program them to turn on and off at set times to save energy. Smart bulbs use less power and last longer, and most of them are LED-based, making them more environmentally friendly than standard light bulbs. You can also adjust the brightness of a smart bulb. Dimming your lights can help reduce energy usage. 

Motion sensors can help ensure lights aren’t left on in areas that are not in use. They can be ideal for spaces that people spend short periods of time in such as hallways, bathrooms, kitchens and meeting rooms. 

Smart leak sensors

Even a small leak can end up costing you, so it’s best to address this problem as soon as possible. Smart water leak sensors can help with this. 

Smart water leak sensors can be placed under the sink, around hot water tanks or any other water source. The sensors will send you an alert if a problem is detected which allows you to fix the leak before it becomes a more serious problem. The sensors will also be able to describe where the leak is located so it can be fixed in a timely manner to prevent wastage of water. 

Smart water leak sensors can help stop leaks before they cause serious damage and help you save on costs. 

Smart plugs

Many electrical appliances and devices still use power even when not in use. Smart plugs plug into your electrical outlets and cut power to certain devices when not in use.

Smart plugs can be a quick and easy way to give existing appliances and equipment some level of smart functionality. They make it easier to manage energy consumption of any appliances or office equipment plugged into it.

Many smart plugs can also measure the flow of electricity to particular devices. This can give you a better understanding of how much energy is being consumed. 

For more ways to save energy check out our blog on how your business can be more energy efficient.