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The most recent issue of the Business Contact newsletter is below.

SEPTEMBER 2020

WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR CUSTOMERS

SRP understands that many businesses have been, and continue to be, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, please contact your Strategic Energy Manager (contact information located on the top left corner of your bill) or call (602) 236-8833 as soon as possible. Your Strategic Energy Manager can tell you about programs and resources to support you. Please don’t wait to call. We’re here to help.

 

UVGI HVAC rebate in response to COVID-19

We understand that businesses, no matter the size, are trying their best to adapt to new safety and precautionary measures to keep their employees and customers safe within their buildings during this pandemic.

SRP will be offering a new rebate measure to help make facilities safer: ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms (including the coronavirus). When applied within HVAC systems, UVGI can help disinfect air and may therefore be a useful facility upgrade to any building size.

This measure would be in addition to (not in replacement of) other recommended universal precautions that can reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

To learn more about this new rebate, contact your Strategic Energy Manager or visit savewithsrpbiz.com/UVGI.

 

EMERGENCY BUSINESS PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote disaster and emergency planning in an effort to make unforeseen disasters seem a little less overwhelming. Being in the middle of a global pandemic, now more than ever it is important to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.

Although it’s fundamentally geared toward individuals, businesses can and should participate all month. As outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on ready.gov/september, a handful of key considerations, templates and checklists can make a major difference in the event of an emergency.

Is your business prepared? SRP recommends the following:

  • Have a companywide emergency plan and supplies in place.
  • Sign up for outage alerts from SRP to stay in the know.
  • Practice safely shutting off utilities like power, water and gas.
  • Confirm that your business has functioning smoke detectors.
  • Consider looking into backup generators and emergency power sources.

Finally, be sure to explore srpnet.com/bizsafety for more tips on how to keep you and your co-workers safe around electricity during a disaster.

 

EASY NO- AND LOW-COST WAYS FOR BUSINESSES TO SAVE

As we continue to power through the hot summer, it is a good time to implement energy- and money-saving habits that can bolster your bottom line and help your business run more energy efficiently. These simple ideas can limit unnecessary energy use and help reduce costs:

Lighting is one of the largest energy expenses for a business.

  • Turn off lights in unoccupied areas and/or install occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights on and off.
  • Keep lamps and fixtures clean. Accumulation of dust, grease and other dirt can reduce light output by as much as 30%.
  • Lighting rebates: SRP has rebates for lighting retrofits. Some customers may even qualify for a no-cost lighting audit. Be sure to apply before ordering or installing lighting equipment. To learn more, visit savewithsrpbiz.com.

HVAC systems also account for a large portion of a company’s energy bill.

  • Save 2%–3% on your energy bill for every degree the temperature is raised in the summer.
  • Change the temperature gradually – one degree every week or so to give employees time to adjust.
  • Look into HVAC rebates for business. SRP has rebates for HVAC equipment at savewithsrpbiz.com.

Insulation and building enclosure tips.

  • Seal doors and windows. Doors and windows that don’t close completely let conditioned air escape and let in hot outside air.
  • Adjust automatic door closers. Closers may shut the door slowly or not completely. Often a simple adjustment can be made with a screwdriver.
  • Use the correct type of caulking or weather stripping to seal cracks around doors and windows, between the foundation and walls, and in other openings for electrical or communication lines. To detect gaps, run your hand around door and window frames to feel for air passing through, and look for daylight around them.

Windows are a major source of heat gain that make air conditioners run longer, translating into higher energy costs.

  • Close window treatments during summer months.
  • Install shade screens and awnings on east-, west- and south-facing windows.
  • Add reflective solar films to windows. Look for a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.35 or less.
  • SRP offers rebates on window film and shade screens. Learn more at savewithsrpbiz.com.

Simple energy-efficient office tips.

  • Turn off machines rather than letting them idle. To conserve energy and reduce internal heat gain, turn off office equipment during non-business hours. During work hours, use the “sleep” mode and shut off nonessential equipment, such as fax machines, coffee makers and, if possible, printers.
  • Use a smart power strip. A smart power strip can sense when monitors, printers and other equipment are in use and turn them off automatically when they are inactive for extended periods.
  • When buying new office equipment, look for ENERGY STAR® items.

SRP has rebates for businesses of all sizes on energy-efficient equipment from LED lighting to HVAC equipment and more. Visit savewithsrpbiz.com to learn more.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

SIMPLE WATER-SAVING IDEAS

At SRP, we know every business uses water differently, but saving water at your business can be simple.

Conduct an inspection of your property (inside and out) to identify where you use the greatest amount of water and pinpoint where savings can be achieved. Be sure to fix any leaks or drips you find as soon as possible.

The best and most effective way to conserve water in your operations is to educate and involve employees in water efficiency efforts. Designate a water efficiency coordinator and develop a mission statement for saving water at your business.

Visit srpnet.com/savebizwater for more water-saving tips for your business.