Top Tips on Saving Energy in the Office
As budgets get tighter, saving money where you can is more important than ever. Especially with the way the energy market is right now. Undoubtedly, switching energy providers is normally the best way to save money on your energy bills, but with the energy market crisis, it might not be the best solution right now. There are a number of things you can implement in your office to reduce your energy use and lower your bills.
Here’s our top tips for reducing your energy usage:
💡 When the weather is good, turn down all thermostats and switch off heaters to reduce your costs. If you have air conditioning, consider setting the goal temperature a degree or two higher – it won’t be that noticeable in the office and can reduce your energy consumption. The Carbon Trust estimates that reducing your air conditioning setting by just one degree can save your business up to 8% on your energy bills. Also make sure your heating and air conditioning systems aren’t competing – check only one is active at a time.
💡 Invest in insulation – a large proportion of energy is consumed maintaining a certain temperature within an office. If you have poor insulation in your building and your windows you might find your office gets hot quickly in the summer and loses heat quickly in the winter. This means your heaters and air conditioning have to work harder and for longer to maintain a comfortable office temperature – investing in good insulation for your business and energy efficient windows can help reduce costs in the long run.
💡 Natural light is obviously the most energy-efficient solution, but offices are generally too large to rely on natural lighting. However, the good news is that you can easily minimise the costs of relying on artificial lighting by using energy saving bulbs.
💡 Turn off standby appliances – make sure you unplug unused appliances in your kitchen and office spaces at the end of the work day to ensure that you’re not paying for electricity you’re not actually using.
💡 Utilise Eco settings on your office technology. Windows computers, for example, have a Power Saver mode which reduces your computer’s performance where possible – it does things like limiting usage from background apps that you’re not using, automatically puts your screen into standby when you’re not using it. Most computer monitors also come with a variety of pre-set display modes, one of which is an eco-mode that reduces the screen brightness. Whilst these changes might seem small, the impact they can have is significant.
💡 Make sure staff are turn computers off at the end of the day as the cost of running computers 24/7 quickly adds up and can impact your energy bills.
💡 Implement occupancy sensors on lights. Occupancy sensors detect whether there is someone in a room and if there isn’t, the lights are automatically turned off. This is easier than relying on staff to always turn lights off when leaving a room. Whilst this costs money to implement, in the long run, it’s going to save your business money and reduce energy consumption.
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