Small businesses in Washington face many of the same challenges as homeowners when it comes to saving energy. Heating, cooling, ventilation, water heating and lighting typically consume the most energy.
The following two links are from the "2005 Washington State Energy Indicators," twenty-four measures of important energy trends in our state, maintained by the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.
Commercial end-use energy consumption by fuel
Commercial sector energy intensity
How does your business compare to others in Washington State when it comes to energy use? The following Energy Policy Division publication focuses on businesses with ten or fewer employees.
2005 Small Business Energy Analysis
The searchable Northwest Building Efficiency Center Web site offers information about saving energy in various business settings."
The Washington State Department of General Administration, which is responsible for energy-efficiency in public buildings, offers the following publications for building occupants and operators.
"Energy Conservation Ideas—Occupants"
"Energy Conservation Ideas—Operators"
ENERGYsmart Library for Your Business
Information on energy efficient heating and cooling by equipment type, accessed through ENERGYguide a product of Nexus Energy Software.
Business Analyzer is an interactive tool provided through the Puget Sound Energy Web site that allows owners or managers of small to mid-sized businesses to pinpoint areas of high energy use.
Guidelines for Energy Management is a Web site provided by Energy Star, a government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals save money.
For information about benefits available to businesses under the new federal 2005 Energy Policy Act go to Financing.