Operating a small business often means your job can change from day to day, from managing finances to cleaning up after your last customer leaves.
But luckily, managing your energy use too doesn't have to be time-consuming, especially if you have the right resources at your fingertips. Even if you don't have an employee dedicated to managing energy, maintaining your electricity use and costs is within your control.
Take a look at these resources so you can put your hard-earned dollars back into your business.
Save on Energy programs are offered through your local hydro company. Don't know yours? Enter your postal code below to find out who to contact to apply for this program.Note that some postal code areas are served by more than one hydro company.
Your local hydro company can also can help you find an energy advisor. A qualified energy advisor can assess how your business is using energy and offer recommendations to make your operations more energy efficient.
The industry association representing your business type will likely have a list of experienced contractors to choose from. A qualified contractor can help complete projects to make your business more energy efficient, from heating and cooling equipment to lighting and more.
The Ontario Energy Board helps you better understand your bill and how to read the specific charges from your local hydro company.
Ontario businesses that use less than 50 kilowatts of demand each month are billed using time-of-use rates. Knowing when your business uses electricity – and shifting your electricity use to non-peak (cheaper) times – can help you manage your electricity costs. Find out more about time-of-use rates.
There are many programs that can help you learn more about energy management, from basic knowledge to certification courses. See how to get started now.