Our Business Energy Savings Checklist
Many of us pride ourselves on being efficient in business. But have you considered that you could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year by using energy more efficiently at work?
Creating an energy-efficient workplace can lower overall running costs, bolster workplace culture and help to protect our energy resources for the future. When you think about it that way, it’s a no brainer!
Here are some tips to help you to reduce your business electricity bills.
- Turn off all computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers and lights at the end of the day.
- Set screen savers to ‘none’ or ‘blank screen’. It’s a myth that they save energy!
- Set all computers to go to sleep when not in use, saving energy use by up to 70%.
- Switch to using compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and burn as brightly.
- Install motion detectors to control lighting in bathrooms, stationery and copy areas.
- Increase the impact of natural lighting by installing windows and skylights.
- Consider using inkjet printers where possible. They consume 90% less energy than laser printers!
- Buy the right-sized photocopier for your business to avoid unnecessary energy drain.
- Switch to refillable ink and toner cartridges to reduce excess landfill.
- Set your thermostat to a few degrees lower in winter, and higher in summer.
- Close blinds during the early morning and late evening to reduce heat from the sun.
- In winter, check all doors and windows for draughts.
- Encourage laptop use in the workplace. They consume 90% less energy than desktop computers.
- Buy smaller monitors. A two-inch smaller monitor can reduce energy usage by up to 30%.
- Buy equipment that has an ‘Energy Star’ label to get the best energy mileage.
- Place work areas close to windows and skylights. Make sure natural light can get in!
- Most equipment gives off heat and should not be placed near thermostats.
- Install thermostats away from any heat sources or draughts to increase their efficiency.
- Think strategically. Paper-saving information for employees would be best positioned close to an office printer or photocopier, while water usage tips are most effective in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Easy to read and eye-catching energy saving reminder signs/stickers ideally should be placed near all of the major light switches in the workplace.
Re-charge your staff
Before making any changes in the workplace, consider raising the topic of business energy efficiency with your staff and colleagues. You might like to highlight the importance of working together to lower the business’ overall energy consumption, but be sure to stress the benefits of establishing an environmentally responsible work culture for the long term.
Be open to input and remember that behavioural change takes time. Display posters from leading environmental organisations or prepare a fact sheet that encourages staff to take an active role in learning more about the impact of adopting energy efficient habits at work. You could even start by sharing this article throughout the office.
Create a buzz around improving business energy efficiency for everyone’s sake!
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Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
17 November 2014