In this blog we are looking at energy efficiency and how even the simplest changes can have a positive effect on a company’s energy efficiency. Just think, with increased energy efficiency you will be better off financially in the long run and compliant with legislation. What’s not to like?
“better off financially in the long run and compliant with legislation. What’s not to like?”
All businesses work using budgets for their costs, and, significantly, part of this is allocated to energy. Anything from lighting, heating, powering equipment and office technologies; all use energy in one form or another. So, the next time you are looking at your energy costs, stop delaying, and instead start to act on your energy efficiency.
There are many simple steps that you can take to analyse what applies to your business. Below we have set out three key areas that you should start with:
They say that all great ideas start with a light bulb moment so let’s start with lighting. This is often the most visual of energy usage, here you can:
- Use sensors for areas that aren’t in regular use.
- Take advantage of natural light
- Energy efficient lighting such as LED
- If 100 light bulbs are left on unnecessarily for the same amount of time it could cost £471.12 annually
“All great ideas start with a light bulb moment”
The first thing you will think of here is computers which are at the core of most modern businesses but then you will look around and realise there is so much more that can be done, for example;
- Office computers left unattended for at least two hours every day waste around 200 watts per device, costing around 1.5p per hour – across a workforce of 100, this amounts to nearly £700 of unused power each year
- With most modern computers they can be put into sleep mode and quickly boot up when needed after you get back from lunch
- Photocopiers switched on all day but used for only 20% of that time account for £320 in wasted electricity each year, using enough power overnight to produce more than 1,500 copies.
- Chargers, if they are not needed unplug them. Even the smallest of usage adds up.
- Does equipment need to be running at peak hours, can tasks be undertaken during off peak hours?
“this amounts to nearly £700 of unused power each year”
Heating & air-conditioning
Often the battleground of the modern office worker, this is an area of wastage that you need to be ready to take control over:
- Control that thermostat – get the thermostat programmed so that it remains at a comfortable and cost-efficient level.
- Avoid having two systems that may be competing to heat or cool the same space.
- Insulation – ensure you don’t have drafts letting all your costly heat out and instead help retain it
- Have plants in your building, in the summer they can help keep your workspace cool.
- On that same thought, but a bigger scale, you could consider making changes to the landscape outside your premises to block cold wind or provide more shade.
“Get the thermostat programmed so that it remains at a comfortable and cost-efficient level”
This is only the start, in order to maximise the benefits of being energy efficient you do need to look at your energy consumption and costs holistically – this doesn’t have to be a task you need to take on yourselves. Using experts such as UK Energy Management can benefit your company and save you time and money. Get in touch today and talk to our expert energy team about your energy efficiency.