Reducing energy should not be scary for businesses. Up your game in the energy arena by checking out the following:  

Toolkits: Take advantage of free resources like Pacific Power’s Business Solutions Toolkit or call 800-824-0488 and Cascade Natural Gas’s Energy Savings Kits.

Energy Management Plans: Strategic energy plans help companies define the direction for their energy reduction activities. The EPA consolidated the best practices from thousands of organizations into one step-by-step road map for continuous improvement.

Smart Power: Because many electronic products continue to draw power from the wall even when they are powered off, save serious money by turning off lights and equipment at night, and use power strips to do it. Three types of “smart” power strips do the work for you (timer-equipped, occupancy sensing, and current sensing). Smart power strips are available from most electronics retailers.

Efficient Lighting: Replace older lighting with energy efficient bulbs (CFLs, LEDs, T8 fluorescents) to save 70 – 75% of your current energy use. A CFL will save about $30 over its lifetime, pay for itself in about six months, and lasts about ten times longer than an incandescent bulb.  For even more savings, LEDs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last between 25,000 – 50,000 hours compared to just 1,000 to 2,000 hours for incandescents. AND if you are a Pacific Power customer, Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for ENERGY STAR® certified LED replacement bulbs.

Equipment and Appliances: Whether a restaurant or office building, save energy and money with certified Energy Star-rated equipment. Check out the ENERGY STAR certified products to ensure your equipment meets Federal minimum efficiency standards. If you have water coolers and vending machines, buy ENERGY STAR and think about timers to turn them off at night.

Power Management: See Ways to Reduce IT Energy Costs from ENERGY STAR for detailed information and savings estimates to activate computer power management features that save $10-50 or more per computer annually. Learn how to utilize sleep modes, remove screensavers, and configure automatic shut downs.

Efficient Buildings: ENERGY STAR is about more than products. Since 1992, the EPA has also worked with organizations to help them save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making their buildings and plants more energy efficient. Check out who is doing their part to reduce energy consumption, and then look at strategies from ENERGY STAR to see how you can create a better building!

Energy Trust of Oregon Incentives: Save serious money on energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits for Existing Buildings and New Construction through Energy Trust of Oregon. Standard, lighting, solar and custom incentives are available. Some appliances qualify for cash incentives. Go to www.energytrust.org/commercial or call 1-866-605-1676. Available for Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas customers. 

Energy Retrofit Contractors: From insulation to solar panels to natural gas products, pre-screened installation contractors help you do it all. Check out the lists of over 1,600 trade ally contractors at Energy Trust of Oregon and Cascade Natural Gas. Even if you are a Central Electric Coop customer, these lists will still help you, too.

Data Centers: Benefit from the energy savings of green-technology products, and cash in on Energy Trust of Oregon incentives too by installing qualifying energy-efficient solutions for PC Power Management, Virtualization, HVAC and Lighting/Lighting Controls.