When running a business, it’s important to keep an eye on your overheads and look for ways to streamline services and cut costs. One outgoing which it’s always worth reviewing is energy usage. We often find that those who come to us for advice and guidance are paying over the odds for their energy and water.
Here are our ten simple tips to help you become more efficient with your energy consumption – you’ll be surprised by just how much money your business can save!
- Set the office thermostat to the temperature you want it
This may sound a little obvious, but there is a common misconception that setting your office thermostat to the highest possible temperature will heat the room faster. This is not the case – it will actually keep your heating system running longer than necessary and increase your energy bills. By setting your thermostat to the temperature you want the room to be, you’ll reduce your usage and cut energy costs, also remember that equipment lighting and staff in offices generate heat, so don’t set it too high!
- Turn off unnecessary lights
Before you reach for the light switch, consider whether you really need the lights on. Obviously, we’re not suggesting that you all sit in the dark all day but, by turning off lights when you don’t need them and making use of the available natural light you can save money on your company’s energy bill. Always remember to switch the lights off before staff leave for the day too. Lighting increases the temperature in an office and consequently can increase how much cooling you require potentially raising energy costs for cooling and ventilation.
- Seal doors and windows
Sealing doors and windows can help ensure that heat in your office doesn’t escape through any cracks, and therefore ensure your business is not wasting any heat produced – 20% of heat is lost through windows and doors! This can be done with caulk, weather-stripping and plastic film. By investing in supplies that will increase the air tightness of your office, heating costs can be reduced significantly!
- Use reflective window film
Reflective window film can help reduce heat gain during the summer by limiting heat penetration from sunlight, therefore helping to reduce the use of air conditioning and keeping your employees more comfortable – you’ll have the pleasure of no more office battles for control over the temperature settings each day. There is also the added bonus that it will keep furniture and carpets from fading and adds privacy to your office, helping your workspace to look spick and span ready for when clients or customers visit.
- Use smaller kitchen appliances
Using kettles instead of large instant boiling water taps can help reduce energy consumption as energy is only used when it’s needed. Many instant water boilers are left on overnight and can cost significant amounts of energy to operate. Microwaves and toaster ovens can use 75% less energy than a large electric ovens also.
- Don’t leave the refrigerator door open
Every time a fridge door is opened, up to 30% of the cooled air can escape, this means that the fridge has to use more electricity to cool the air inside each time it’s opened. Why not send a quick reminder around the team to highlight how we can all play are part in keeping energy usage down – after all, it’s always nice to be kind to the environment to. Keep the temperature of the fridge as high as possible (yes, high! The colder the temperature the more energy usage) and give your fridge room to breathe. By moving it away from the wall by a few inches it will allow the fridge to release heat more effectively and use less electricity.
- Only run dishwasher with full loads
If you have one be efficient when using the dishwasher, and only use it when you have a full load. This will help the dishwasher use less energy per item washed, and use less water as you will require fewer wash cycles.
- Use lighting control devices
Use lighting control devices such as dimmers, motion detectors, occupancy sensors, photocells and timers throughout the office so that lights are only used when needed. This helps with unnecessary light usage and improve control of your lighting.
- Unplug unused electrical devices
If you have any electrical devices which are not in constant use, make sure they are turned off and unplugged. There are many appliances, especially computers, televisions and stereos that draw power even when turned off or in standby, so it’s particularly important these are turned off properly at the end of each working day.
- Replace inefficient appliances
If an appliance isn’t working to full efficiency, it can be beneficial to replace it. If you have a central air conditioning unit in the office or business that is more than 10 years old, replacing it with a new high-efficiency unit will cut your summer electric bills by about one-third.
It pays to invest in energy efficiency
Sometimes people think investing in energy efficiency isn’t worth the money. However in some cases, the money saved in energy costs can pay back the purchase price in just a few years! In the long term money saved through energy efficiency can be invested elsewhere within the business, which may not have been previously available.
If you’d like to start making real changes to help reduce energy usage throughout your company, start implementing these simple changes and share these tips with your whole team so everyone can get on board.
If you would like more information on how your business could save money and increase energy efficiency, visit our website. Feel free to also give us a call on 0191 3037750 or email us at [email protected], and we look forward to doing all we can to help your business perform!
Alternatively why not check out our fellow energy efficient counterparts, ElectroSawHQ and their fab blog here.