Tips and Resources for Businesses Coping With COVID-19 Crisis

We are working with business customers to help them through this difficult time. If you’re experiencing a hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please call us at 855.383.4249 and we will be happy to help you choose the best option for your account as we weather this crisis together.

We know your business faces uncertainty during these challenging times. We created this page of resources for valuable assistance and advice on managing through the crisis, as well as easy steps to help you take greater control of your energy use and bills.

Forgivable loans for small business

The Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Association offers a forgivable loan to cover payroll costs, rent, utilities and more. Small businesses, sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed individuals meeting certain criteria are eligible.
 

COVID-19 resources for businesses

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Energy efficiency steps to help you reduce costs

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Here are some simple, low- or no-cost steps you can take for quick reductions in usage and costs: 

Close unoccupied areas. Close off rooms, floors or entire wings if their usage is not required, and you’ll be able to reduce lighting and HVAC usage, reducing your bills even further. 

Shut off unnecessary lighting. Make sure all unused lights are turned off and make any adjustments to timers if necessary. 

Turn off non-critical electronics and other equipment. Make sure any non-critical electronics are turned off for now, especially computers and monitors, printers, coffee makers or warmers, radios, and internal signage or TV screens. If your business uses any commercial grade kitchen equipment, such as stoves or ovens, make sure things like burners, fryers and warmers are shut off. 

Change filters. Check heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filters. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, the filter should be changed every three months. A dirty filter slows down air flow, requiring the system to use more energy to keep the building warm or cool. 

Maintain and repair equipment. Check for leaky walk-in refrigerator gaskets, freezer doors that do not shut, and cooking appliances that have lost their knobs. All these “energy leaks” waste money every month. 

Clean refrigeration cooling coils. Dirt impairs proper heat transfer and lowers a refrigerator’s efficiency and capacity. As you clean, watch for and remove any accumulation of ice. 

Clean your air vents. Air ducts and vents accumulate dust and grime while they’re pumping out hot air during the winter months. Remove the vents and wipe them clean with a mixture of warm water and soap. 

Remove dust from unexpected surfaces. Window treatments can collect layers of dust over the winter. Clean your treatments and remove as much dust as possible to prevent build-up on ceiling fans and air vents. 

Wipe down light fixtures. Dusty light bulbs and light covers prevent light from getting through, making them less energy efficient. 

Acting on these tips now will not only help your business weather the current crisis we’re facing together, but also put you in a great position to see higher profits when we emerge into the brighter days to come. 

Even more energy-savings tips for your business are available here.