Save on Electrical Bills in the Office – 5 Top Tips
With most offices finally able to reopen again, most people’s household energy bills will now start to fall back down to the usual rates. But what about the energy bills climbing back up in office premises? With the current pandemic creating new financial worries for businesses all over the country, it’s a good idea to be able to save money where you can during these uncertain times. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top five tips on how to cut energy consumption and save on electrical bills in the office!
Read on to check out our top tips!
Make the Most of Natural Light
In most offices, the overhead lights are kept on all day whatever the weather. If you have large windows in your office which let a lot of light in, it’s worth judging whether the lights are really necessary on a bright sunny day. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in the office and you have to keep the overhead lights on during the day, then making a switch to LED lights if you haven’t done so already will help you save money. LED lights are much cheaper to run than fluorescent or halogen bulbs, so the initial outlay is easily recouped in the savings you’ll make on your energy bills.
Avoid Standby Mode
For a quick start up the next morning, some people put their desktops on sleep mode at the end of the working day. Whilst this may shave a few minutes off your set-up routine in the morning, it results in a lot of wasted energy and increased utility bills. Even over the course of a single week, that could amount to 64 hours of wasted energy, rising to around 136 hours if left on over the course of a weekend! This is a simple task, but one that can make a real difference to your energy bills and consumption.
Switching Appliances Off at the Mains
In an office environment, there are dozens of appliances that require electricity to run, which can lead to surging electricity bills. If you’ve got equipment that you aren’t using daily, it’s worth ensuring that they’re turned off and unplugged from the mains when not in use to save that little bit of extra cash. Even when not in use, if electrical equipment is plugged into the socket with the switch on, they still draw an electrical charge.
Equipment such as printers, photocopiers and scanners can be quite power-hungry, so if you are able to unplug them when not in use without compromising the set up of the machine, then it’s a good idea to do so. Also, if you have a kitchen or staff room area with appliances such as a kettle, toaster, microwave or coffee machine, consider them switching off and unplugging at the end of the day, so no power is being used overnight.
Respond to Weather Changes
The great British weather can be very turbulent and change a lot throughout the day. Keeping your employees comfortable in the office is very important for wellbeing and productivity, so you may have an air conditioning unit or heating equipment installed. Having these turned on for long periods of time can rack up the electric bill, so using more energy-efficient methods can help. On warm days, open any windows and strategically angle blinds to direct the sun away from individuals but open enough to let the airflow through. When the office is colder, don’t have the heating on all day. Turn it on only when it’s needed, and turn it off when the room has reached a comfortable temperature.
Update Your Devices
Older electrical appliances and devices tend to be less efficient with their energy consumption. If your equipment is coming to the end of its lifespan or becoming noticeably less efficient in its performance and energy consumption, consider upgrading your appliances and devices to more energy-efficient counterparts that will save you money on your electric bill in the long run. When looking for upgraded equipment, look for the Energy Star logo to know for sure that you’re getting an efficient device.
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