Conducting a business energy audit is a great way to analyse how your business uses energy, this can quickly help you identify where power is being wasted. You can learn more about how to carry out a business energy audit in our comprehensive guide. Many actionable tasks are relatively quick and easy to complete and you don’t even have to invest large sums of money either.
Use energy efficient lighting
Where possible, your firm should install energy efficient LED lighting. Although do remember to make sure that there is enough lighting to meet health and safety regulations. Making use of natural light will help dramatically in this regard as you’ll be less reliant on electricity.
Unplug and shut down electrical equipment
Monitors and desktop PCs shouldn’t be left on standby overnight or during the weekend. Computers use a substantial amount of electricity even during standby mode. Your company can purchase products that will automatically power down any appliance that has been left on standby, for example: the PC automatic standby shutdown extension lead. This will recognise when a desktop computer has been shut down and automatically stop power to equipment connected to these sockets. This also helps to reduce the risks of a fire.
Keeping your office working environment temperature between 16°C and 19°C is an optimal temperature. Workplace heating should ideally be on a timed thermostat, this will vastly reduce the amount of heat wastage, after all, there is no point in heating the building when no one is around. Having your heating automatically activate 30 minutes before the workday and switch off 30 minutes before the end of the workday will ensure heat is only being used when it is needed. Furthermore, businesses that only operate during the weekdays will want to ensure the heating does not turn on over the weekend.
Stopping workplace draughts
Examine all of the doors and windows on your business premises for any draughts where heat could be escaping. If you do find any issues, a simple draught excluder will help resolve this.
Members of staff should be asked to close doors where possible to retain or expel heat depending on the season. If you are using air conditioning, closing doors will help to regulate the air flow and ensure it works more effectively. Decreasing the amount of energy that is being wasted will mean that your boiler or air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, thus cutting your business energy expenses.
Regularly service boilers
Boilers in the workplace must be serviced on a regular basis to make sure that they are working appropriately and to optimal performance, just like the boilers we have at home. It is recommended that you get your workplace boiler serviced on an annual basis to ensure both safety and efficiency.
Don’t block sources of heat
During the colder months of the year, radiators and heaters will be turned on in the workplace, ensure that these are not blocked by large furniture or equipment. You will want the heat to be circulated effectively and efficiently throughout the room. If heaters and radiators are blocked, employees may think it is too cold and may end up turning up the thermostat temperature when in reality rearranging a few pieces of furniture is all that is required to save money on your business energy costs.
Involve staff in your energy saving efforts
Last but definitely not least, all businesses should encourage staff to get involved in their energy saving endeavours. Helping staff understand how energy is consumed and what steps can be taken to be energy efficient within the workplace will have a noticeable impact. There are so many small steps that can be taken which will go a long way to helping you become environmentally friendly. For example, shutting down appliances that are not in use, printing less and recycling are great starting points.
To summarise, these energy efficiency tips will help your business reduce carbon emissions and lower your gas and electricity bills. The more of these tips you can combine, the greater the impact on business energy efficiency. As you can see, almost all of these steps require little to no investment to achieve a substantial saving on business energy.