Make energy saving part of your daily business routine
While you could rely on big changes to your business' infrastructure to save on power bills, it is likely that small changes to you and your employees' daily routines could also help knock down your electricity prices.
Here are some energy saving tips for your business.
Lower your air conditioning
Creating the ideal temperature for working conditions is important, but it can have huge ramifications on your electricity and gas prices.
In winter it is best to set the thermostat to 18 - 20 degrees and in summer between 25 - 27 degrees. This will ensure you remain comfortable while achieving maximum savings.
Every degree you increase this by in the winter or lower this amount by in summer could increase energy use by around 5 - 10 per cent, according to the Department of Industry.
Switch off lights
Lighting is a huge part of any office - without this essential tool, it is impossible to get any work done.
Try to rely on natural light where possible as the sun's rays do not cost you a cent. However, if you require a bit more wattage, choose energy efficient lighting choices such as CFLs and LEDs rather than older incandescent bulbs.
Another trick is to ensure you are switching these off when you leave the room. If the space is going to be empty for any more than ten minutes, it pays to flick the switch.
It is particularly important to ensure these are turned off overnight. Think about how 12 hours of extra and unnecessary lighting and air conditioning every night can rack up those power bills.
Use office equipment efficiently
Whether it be computers, fax machines or mobile phones, small savings add up. Like any other appliances, these machines can suck power off the grid when they are in standby mode.
Ensure workers are switching their screens off as well as their computers, as these devices still draw power when on standby.
In fact, if you are going to be away from your computer for a break longer than 15 minutes, you should switch off your screen to save power.
Screen savers do not actually save power. Their original purpose was to prevent an image from being burnt onto the monitors of the first computer models, which could happen if a picture was on the screen for a long time.
Set up some challenges between colleagues or put everyone in teams to see who can save the most energy.
If one team or a specific individual is coming out on top, they may have some great ideas to share with everyone else. Encourage them to send a few emails around the team, letting them know some great suggestions to lower your workplace electricity and gas prices.
Posted by Tim Wolfenden.