How to Ensure Your Office is Maximising it’s Energy Efficiency

There are many things that need to be considered when managing the budget and outgoings of any business. As a business owner it is important to think about how best to deal with these and one area to focus on is energy efficiency. It is easy to make practical changes and the secret to reducing energy consumption in the workplace is getting your employees on board, making small changes in their daily habits at work.

Some examples are;

Think about using laptops. Laptops typically consume less energy than desk tops

Monitor size also contributes to the amount of energy used. Graphic designers and people doing a similar line of work cannot work on small screens, but there are a lot of other employees whose work doesn’t depend on the huge monitors. So, making the decision to keep the screen size at a reasonable level means you will make a cost saving and be a little more environmentally friendly!

In any situation where an employee won’t be using their computer for a period of time such as going into a meeting or on a break, advise them to put their machine into hibernation mode.

Switching off the machines at night and weekends, rather than just leaving them on standby also helps significantly. Remember, your devices are still using energy, even if it’s reduced, so if they’re not being used turn them off!

Consider your heating and air – conditioning usage.

Keeping doors and windows closed while heating is on is a simple thing but helps prevent wasting energy because open doors and windows allow heated air to escape and cold air to come in.

Also, make sure that your radiators and air conditioners are being used to the best of their efficiency by not allowing them to be blocked by furniture and placing them in the right spot.

Corridors and storerooms do not need heating or cooling down as they are not being used all day. Focus on the areas that are frequented by your employees and those areas where they spend the most of their time.

It is also worth investing in a programmable thermostat which can automatically adjust your workplace’s temperature when no one is around.

Use natural light where possible. Natural light is free!

Artificial lights obviously consume power so if you are able, restrict artificial lighting to those areas that do not receive sunlight. When meeting rooms, kitchen areas, stairs etc are not in use, kill the lights!

All this also contributes to reducing your carbon footprint.

For the areas you do need to rely on artificial lighting, particularly in the darker months, try to use energy saving LED bulbs. The cost of these has dropped over recent years and are now cheaper than ever to buy. The amount saved on energy costs each year will more than cover the purchase price anyway.

Smart Meters show you your gas and electricity usage in real time. This means you can see exactly how much you are spending on the energy you use. Additional benefits of smart meters are;

  • They are free – most suppliers do not charge for installation
  • Your supplier gets accurate reading meaning you are not overcharged
  • Your reading are submitted automatically, therefore valuable time isn’t used taking readings.

Check out cheaper energy deals with suppliers too!

Upgrading your appliances also plays a valuable role in reducing energy bills.

Check the efficiency ratings of your appliances and if they are sub–standard think about upgrading to more energy–efficient models, therefore reduce running costs, rather than using far more energy than necessary. A fridge is always on so a prime example of where upgrading can have a significant impact on the annual running costs. A newer, smaller version would be beneficial

The same applies for radiators and heaters, where a new model could save costs.

Don’t forget, you can always sell the appliances you have to help cover the costs of the new items.

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes1

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