Office hack: Energy saving tops for small businesses

Monitor your heating and lighting

According to statistics, the average office temperature should be set to 19 degrees Celsius. By raising the temperature just one degree, heating costs increase by 8% for every degree increment. Temperature controls should not be regularly changed so consider choosing a member of staff to be responsible for temperature controls.

Approximately 30% of costs can be saved by preventing cold air from entering your office. Simple measures can be taken such as ensuring that doors are not kept open unnecessarily, major draughts are sealed and encouraging staff to change behaviour and promote an eco-friendly environment.

Lighting is considered to be responsible for up to 40% of a building’s electricity use. Light sensors can help to decrease the amount of electricity used throughout your office and money is saved whenever possible. Although they are priced at approximately £200, their potential savings prove they are an investment worth making

Try solar power

Businesses are increasingly investing in solar power as it can provide a multitude of benefits including water heating, lighting, electricity, water-cooling and ventilation. Introducing solar power can be a means of generating income, as any extra energy you can create can be sold back to the National Grid. Although the initial cost of installation can be significant, businesses can reap the rewards of the financials involved with generating extra energy.

Establish an eco-friendly office policy or recycling guidelines

Avoid promoting a new eco-friendly office policy during your busiest time of the time. Consider introducing a set of guidelines at the start of the year. Think about rewarding actions for creating an eco-friendly work environment, as this gives employees the potential for both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Once guidelines and changes have been introduced, ask for feedback as staff will respond better to consultation rather than being instructed and always remember to provide appropriate recycling bins throughout your office.

Use energy efficient equipment

One of the biggest drains in energy throughout a typical office is electrical equipment such as computers, kitchen appliances and photocopy machines. Whilst leaving equipment on standby may seem convenient, 46% of electricity consumed by a business is used outside of office hours. Ensure that you have turned off all equipment via the sockets as this is one of the main examples of inefficient energy use. Similarly, decreasing paper, toner and energy needed for a photocopier could save your business £50 a year.

Make sure to consider every aspect of how your officer operates in terms of energy efficiency. You will be surprised what little changes can make, and for very little cost.

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