Not looking for alternative power or fuel ideas here. What sort of things do you do at your honey house to help use energy more wisely? Some things we do now or are looking into:
> Wrap insulation blanket material around bottling and other storage tanks.
> Use reptile heaters in the old 'fridge' instead of incandescent lamps for de-crystalizing (99% eff vs. 75%)
> T-8 florescent lamps for general lighting.
> Storm windows on the old panes that were single pane (most of our glazing is double pane, except for the old store front single panes from the former store front days)
> Pilot switchs (ones that have an indicator lamp so you know if the light or heating unit it serves is turned on)
> Occupancy sensing light switches- shut off when building is unoccupied after a period of time. No accidentally leaving the lights on if gone longer than planned.
> Wrap all exposed and accessible hot water piping with insulation
> 'Vacation' setting on water heater when we don't feel hot water will be needed for some time.
> Light colors on walls, ceiling and floor so lighting lumen requirements are lowered.
Help me out here, please? I may be giving a talk to others in the future and could use more some ideas that apply to the bee hobby/business. Some of the same ideas can apply to virtually any business and others are more bee-specific. I can sort out the economic justification, because some ideas may be good, but maybe not possess a reasonable economic flair. Thanks