We’ve had a hot few weeks here in the UK, and I’m sure many offices will have had their air conditioning going full blast to keep all their workers comfortable. But are you using it as efficiently as you could be? Statistics from the Carbon Trust suggest that most businesses could cut their bills by up to 20% just by embracing a few energy-efficient practices. When you consider that air conditioning accounts for approximately 30% of business energy use, it stands out as a key area where you should be trying to make efficiency savings.
Here are our top tips for saving energy on air conditioning:
- Get your team onside
A common barrier to energy inefficiency in the workplace is disagreements over whether the temperature is acceptable. Many workplaces now agree a working temperature (commonly 20-21 degrees) and have a thermometer on display to verify whether or not the cooling system needs to be adjusted.
- Control your air conditioning centrally
Air conditioning works more efficiently if it’s allowed to work steadily and at a constant temperature. Ask your building services team to control the air conditioning on behalf of everyone in the building, instead of leaving it to employees to adjust the temperature in their own area. This will save your business money, and take some pressure off your employees into the bargain.
- Keep the windows closed
There’s no point in paying to keep the building cool and then letting warm air in. Close the windows so the air con can do its job without having to battle against warm air to keep the temperature down.
- Insulate your building
This is a tip for winter as well as summer, as a well-insulated building will make both air con and central heating more efficient.
- Get the right air conditioning system for your building
If you’re spending more on cooling your building than you were expecting to, it could be time to renew your workplace air conditioning system. Newer air con technology will be more efficient than the old, and it’s also an opportunity to check that you have the right size of air conditioning unit for your building. A system that is too small will have to work extra hard to cool your building, using more energy less efficiently. On the other hand, a system that’s too large could be a waste of money, cooling areas of your building where no cooling is necessary, or taking the ambient temperature down to unpleasantly Arctic levels!
At SavingSmart, we love helping our clients to reduce their energy costs. As well as following our tips for efficient air conditioning, you could also save money by changing your energy supplier and obtaining the most competitive electricity contract rates. To find out more about how you could be saving money on your energy as well as receiving an on-going service for your peace of mind, give us a call today on 01483 600943 / 07909 523 855 or contact us via our website here. We look forward to hearing from you.