Power Down & Save

Voortman Cookies is an example of a Burlington company that has taken advantage of the saveONenergy conservation and incentive programs.
Voortman Cookies

Fast Facts

Voortman Cookies is a great example of businesses who have made a point to capitalize on Ontario Power Authority (OPA) conservation and incentive programs offered by Burlington Hydro. OPA programs have expanded significantly for 2010 under the new saveONenergy banner.

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Energy Saving Tips for Business

  1. Lighting is typically the biggest energy expense for small retailers and offices. Install energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) which provide the same lighting level and warmer, more-comfortable lighting color than standard incandescent light bulbs at a fraction of the cost. Because standard incandescent light throw off more heat, switching to CFL's also reduces cooling needs.
  2. Install new high efficiency T8 and T5 fluorescent tubes which last longer (up to 16 years), cast attractive lighting colour and need less maintenance that standard T12 lamps. The new ballasts for the T8s and T5s - electronic instead of magnetic - make the system more efficient and best of all eliminate the annoying hum and flicker.
  3. If you're purchasing HVAC equipment, ask for the energy-efficiency ratings Energy Star, EER, SEER, HSPF or AFUE to compare. The ratings usually are found on a tag or label on the equipment. They'll let you compare similar equipment for energy efficiency.
  4. Install occupancy sensors and dimmers in break rooms, restrooms and conference rooms can reduce lighting costs up to 40%.
  5. Use recommended thermostat set points. Every degree of cooling increases energy use by 4 to 5%.
  6. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically control temperature settings and save 10 to 70% on your heating and cooling costs.
  7. Increase the efficiency of heating and cooling systems by preventing heat gain or loss with insulation, weather-stripping around doors, and shades, awnings or tinting over windows.
  8. Keep computers on standby. Computers are only used an average of 10% of the time they are turned on.
  9. Consider using ink-jet printers which consume less energy than laser printers.
  10. Use energy smart power strips that sense when equipment is not in use.