There are many things you can do to lower your energy consumption. These 4 tips are easy to implement on a daily basis without too much effort and at relatively low costs. Despite the ease, these practical tips can make a tremendous difference for the environment and low consumption knocks a dent in your monthly electricity and gas bill.
Reduce power consumption
Lighting up the offices and workplaces accounts for a huge part of the monthly energy bill. Energy saving light bulbs, preferably LED, can cut down your costs dramatically. The bulbs will earn themselves back quickly, because these bulbs will shrink the energy usage for lighting to 10% or less of what it used to be.
Open up the windows
Opening up the windows has two advantages. Firstly it provides fresh and cool air into your office. This will allow you to turn off one of the biggest energy consumer there is: the air conditioner! Secondly, opening up the windows and blinds during the day will light up your office without touching the light switch. This is a very simple, low effort tip which can make a big difference if done consistently. If the weather allows it, make sure you benefit from it to the fullest.
Turn off devices and equipment in stand-by mode
It is very easy to just leave devices and equipment like computers, lights, coffee machines, printers etc. turned on. Even after office hours these machines are often not completely turned off. Some devices use less electricity in stand-by mode. However, if it is not necessary to keep it turned on, it is all a complete waste of precious energy. The amount of energy you can save most definitely outweighs the small effort of pushing the off button.
Energy usage audit
An audit of your business by an external company might seem exaggerated, however these audits hold a lot of potential when it comes energy and cash saving. For instance an independent energy supplier has the capabilities to personalise their service to your business and helping you reduce consumption.
All the energy users in your business will be measured and in the end you will receive a report on energy saving improvements, what the biggest energy consumers are and what the alternatives are. Of course you could also perform an audit yourself by checking the insulation of the office building or measuring the energy usage of your devices, machines and other systems. With an increase in Smart technology, companies such as Nest are introducing Smart meters to keep control of consumption.
All these practical tips on how to reduce the energy usage of your business are quite easy to put into practice. The potential gains financially and environmentally are huge and could make a substantial difference. These are simple ways to move towards a more environmentally friendly operating business, and the best part is that all of the mentioned tips will easily earn themselves back over time.