Energy consumption in office buildings is a hot topic and there are many ways in which you can make it more efficient. We have come up with 6 recommendations that can reduce your energy bill and contribute to a greener environment.
1. Optimise the consumption after hours
One of the best ways to reduce energy consumption in the office is to turn off all the lights and electronics when the day is done. This includes laptops, AC units, fax machines, scanners and other appliances that do not need to be permanently plugged in. Moreover, you can even plug them out to prevent drawing standby power.
2. Replace old electronics
Usually, older appliances consume more energy than the new ones. For example, an AC unit that has been installed earlier than 5 years ago will require considerably more energy to cool the air than a new unit. This happens because the regulations that apply to new electronics have become more strict regarding their energy consumption and effects on the environment.
3. Choose smart switches and smart extension cords
Smart switches allow you to control the lights in a room or building, no matter your location. The switches are available on your smartphone so that you can turn off the lights in the office even if you have already left the building.
On the other hand, smart extension cords are a great solution when it comes to devices that are turned off but still plugged in. These devices still draw power, which can increase your monthly bill by up to 10%. A smart extension lead discontinues the power to gadgets that are in standby mode so that no energy is wasted.
4. Open the shades during daytime
This recommendation may sound simple, but ensuring enough natural light in the office can cut the costs on the energy bill significantly. Moreover, according to The World Green Building Council, employees who are exposed to natural light instead of indoor light are 15% more productive.
5. Use the power-saving mode feature on your devices
Devices that are being used at all times, such as laptops or smartphones, require energy constantly. Therefore, any improvement can be noticeable on the energy bill and, later on, on the environment. By enabling power-saving mode on your devices, you enhance their battery life, so they will need to be charged less often.
6. Check for malfunctioning appliances
Another way to avoid energy waste at your office is regular maintenance for all appliances. A broken AC unit, for example, will use more energy and still won’t work as expected. To prevent this from happening, make sure all the devices and systems are working properly.
Turn Your Office Greener
If you’re thinking about how to turn your office more energy efficient, these 6 recommendations are a great start. Start a “green challenge” to make your co-workers or employees tag along in your efforts of making the office more energy efficient.
In case you need help with replacing old equipment or installing a more sustainable alternative, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. In the last 20 years, we have proudly served domestic and commercial plumbing and heating clients in South Yorkshire and we’re happy to help you, too.