That magical time of the year is almost here. The days already got shorter and people already enjoy their mugs of mulled wine. It won’t be long until we start seeing holiday decorations all around us.
If you own a commercial space, this is probably one of the most stressful times of the year. All the decorations and gifts add up to the heating costs and December always turns out to be the most expensive month of the year.
How can you not only survive but also enjoy it? Read on to find some tips that will help you keep the energy bill down without having to sacrifice the holiday spirit.
Decorating Your Office or Store?
Holiday decorations can be both magical and energy-efficient. If you’re not sure of that, we’ve got some tips you could use this winter.
1. Go for LED Lights
They use, on average, 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. And considering that some installations are solar-powered, this is by far the most efficient trick to have a holiday-ready office without having to pay more than it’s worth.
2. Use Battery-Powered Lights
Battery-powered installations use a limited amount of energy. Rechargeable batteries are more cost-effective than traditional ones, and you can also get to control how many times you recharge and use them for holiday lighting.
3. Install a Light Timer
Whether you choose to plug the lights in or to go for a batter-powered installation, a light timer is the best accessory that will help you reduce costs. How does it work? You can set your business schedule as the working interval, and the time off as the inactive interval. The timer will turn on and off the lights automatically, so they won’t flicker unless there’s someone to enjoy them.
Reduce Energy Consumption During Off-Days
The energy requirements for an empty office are fairly low. Here’s what you can do to reduce consumption during off-days:
1. Turn Down the Heat
For every 1°C that’s been reduced, the fuel consumption drops by 8%. Cut down the energy costs by turning down the heat to a level that’s just enough to prevent frost.
2. Unplug All Devices and Appliances
Idle appliances use stand-by electricity that amount for hundreds of pounds every year. If you want to cut down the expenses during winter break, you can unplug all printers, computers, TV’s or kettles and microwaves before you close the office. Considering the costs involved with the decorations, you’ll surely notice the difference.
3. Insulate the Windows
This is a cost-effective measure that will last long after the holiday season is over, but this is why it’s worth it. You can choose an insulation film, a magnetic tape or even to retrofit the windows, depending on how much heat is lost.
4. Replace Old Appliances with Energy-Efficient Versions
The older a boiler, a heater or even a kettle is, the more likely it is to require more energy than a modern counterpart. Check all your appliances and the entire heating system to make sure it’s running efficiently.
With an experience of over 20 years in the industry, we’d be glad to find the right solutions for your property. Give us a call at 0800 061 4102 or contact us via the contact form on our website.