Although great progress has been made in regards to energy consumption from computers and technology, the truth is that many businesses still waste a significant amount of electricity unnecessarily, which is not only bad for the environment, but also for your bottom line. Below, we have rounded up some tips on reducing your energy consumption and becoming a greener firm.
Switch to eco-equipment
Perhaps one of the simplest ways to reduce your energy consumption is to buy or lease efficient electronics for your business. Before you sign a lease, check to see whether the products are ENERGYSTAR-rated, which means they’re deemed to be energy-efficient and can help you to save money on your energy bills. Some brands, like Apple, sell products which are several times more energy-efficient than the ENERGYSTAR requirements, which can have an impact on profit.
Though most businesses operate on a 9 to 5 basis, the truth is that this is bad news for your energy bills, as some companies charge more during peak periods. If possible, reduce demand during peak hours by staggering the hours your staff work – for example, if you operate heavy machinery or run a factory, you could start shifts earlier on a morning when energy is cheaper, as this will allow you to conserve energy during the more expensive hours. Speak to your supplier to understand whether making changes to your working arrangements would impact your invoices.
Consider an audit
The chances are that you’ve been making changes to your business space to cut your carbon footprint, but having an outsider’s perspective can give you some food for thought and help you to make more efficient decisions. If you work with a company that offers facilities management services, for example, you might be able to request an audit and have them recommend some changes you can make to increase your energy efficiency. A proactive approach rather than a reactive approach means that you’ll always be operating in the most cost-effective manner.
Get smart with thermostats
In the colder winter months, you’ll likely be spending a lot of your working hours with the heating cranked up. But you may also waste energy unnecessarily by having your heating turned on or at a high temperature when your staff aren’t around to feel the benefit. Programmable thermostats are a great way to control the temperature in your business premises and reduce the costs in doing so – you can speak to your team and understand their requirements. For example, if the staff on floor three are often out and about meeting clients, they might not need the heating to be on as high as they won’t be in the office for as long, and will instead be in cars and coffee shops.
Turn off the lights
This one might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many businesses waste money on lighting when they don’t need to. From your bathrooms and conference rooms to hallways and reception areas, consider turning off the lights when they’re not in use or switch to sensor lights that only come on when needed. Alternatively, operate a “last one turns off the lights” policy.
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