When it comes to costs in the office, energy bills are usually the highest thanks to constant computer and equipment use. However, there are a few tips that employers and staff can adopt to minimise both energy waste and costs.
1 Turn off PCs
Yes, PCs are essential to most daily tasks and get around 8 hours of constant use a day.However, many workers do not completely shut their computer down at the end of the day, and instead put into sleep or standby mode. This wastes huge amounts of electricity overnight and can also be detrimental to the life of the PC. By switching off at night and even over your lunchbreak, you will start to notice that not only is this energy saving tip resulting in lower electricity bills, but also a lengthier machine life.
2 Don’t over boil the kettle
If you have a busy office, there can be a tendency to constantly fill the kettle to the brim, just in case anyone else comes in and wants a cup. In reality, this usually leads to excessive water being boiled over and over again, as people automatically switch the kettle on when making a cup of tea. Save energy – and time – by only boiling the amount of water required for each tea round.
3 Use heating timers
Whilst heating often isn’t an issue in the summer, the winter months can be stressful when it comes to heating. Turning the heating off when the last person leaves at night, and back on upon arrival in the morning usually makes for a cold office for half of the day. This affects production and can mean you’re using up more energy by blasting the heat at a higher temperature to try and warm the office. Alternatively, some companies leave the heating on overnight to tackle this problem, but that’s also wasteful and costly. Instead, invest in a programmable thermostat, or heating timer, which controls the temperature and timescale. This can ensure your office is adequately heated for maximum production, whilst wasting minimal energy.
4 Turn off the lights
Not all office spaces offer natural light to work in, and depending on the season or shift pattern, office lighting may be in constant use. However, it’s good practice to turn off lights as you leave rooms which are not frequently used, such as the kitchen, toilets and printing room. Other energy saving tips for lighting include switching to energy saving bulbs and installing lighting sensors to ensure lights are off when not required.
5 Request an energy audit
By hiring a professional to take a look at the energy uses and needs of your office, you can find out specifically where you are going wrong and where you can improve energy efficiency. We carry out free energy audits for anyone looking to save on energy costs. From switching supplier to making small daily office changes, we can provide you with a tailored solution for your business needs, and can usually save businesses a minimum of 10% on energy costs. Get in touch on 0141 226 8525 to request an energy audit today.