Saving energy in the workplace lowers your business’ carbon footprint and saves money. But how do we go about it? It’s easy at home – just put on a jumper and guard the thermostat. While energy saving in the workplace is a little different, the financial and environmental benefits make it well worth the effort.
Here are our top tips for saving energy at work:
- Involve your employees. Raise the matter at your team meeting and explain the business benefits of saving energy. You can also ask them for ideas, and take them on board. By involving your staff, they are more likely to support you and remember to follow the energy-saving processes you’re implementing.
- Once your team is on board, you can ask them to turn off lights before they leave and turn off electrical equipment at the wall if it isn’t being used. Time management is also important – if everyone can finish work at roughly the same time, you won’t find yourself heating and lighting your whole office so that one person can work late.
- Change the lightbulbs. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more — meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
- Use the hibernate mode on office computers. Many of us like to leave our computers and laptops on all the time, to preserve work in progress. “Hibernate” mode uses less energy than “sleep” mode, although it also takes longer to get your computer started up after it has been hibernating. Sleep mode might be handy for lunch breaks and week nights, but hibernation is better for weekends, holidays and Christmas office closures.
- Encourage your employees to only print when absolutely necessary. You’ll not only cut down on energy costs but save on paper and ink as well.
- Upgrade your gas and electrical items. We don’t just use office equipment in the workplace – kettles, microwaves and boilers are also essential for worker morale! But an ancient microwave might not be the most energy efficient – consider investing in a newer model that performs better and uses less energy. Buying energy efficient technology also entitles you to claim capital allowances and reduce the amount of tax you pay.
Above all, make sure you’re not paying too much for the energy you do use. At SavingSmart, we price your supplies with a multitude of energy suppliers (including green ones!) to make sure you get the best deal in the current market conditions. In addition we include a support service should you experience any issues with your supplier/s, at no cost to you. You can read more about it here, or call Gilly Carter on 01483 600 943 or 07909 523855 to discuss your energy needs.