We all trot off to work and go about our business at work everyday but have you stopped to take just a moment to think about how much electricity you might me using? It’s not just your employers responsibility to manage energy efficiency in the workplace, wouldn’t you feel a bit better if you knew you were having an impact on the energy that your company and it’s people, are using too?
In this blog, we look at some steps that SME’s can take to save electricity in the workplace.
1. The best place to start is to have an energy efficiency audit done. These are sometimes offered for free by energy providers so check if yours does. An energy audit will highlight areas for improvement and give you advice on how to implement changes.
2. Replace existing bulbs. CFL and LED lights consume less power and last much longer than regular bulbs. Commercial lights qualified by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) or Energy Star can reduce energy consumption by up to 75% and increase your fixtures lifespan by 2-3 times.
3. Use the hibernation feature on computers and laptops. Hibernate feature allows you to save your existing work as it is and you can continue from the same point next day.
4. Switch off equipment when not in use. Make sure that you switch off all electrical equipment during weekends or holidays. They continue to draw power even if they are plugged in. Switching them off after working hours will conserve energy and reduce your energy bill.
5. Don’t waste paper. Think before you print! This will not only reduce paper wastage but also helps to cut energy required to run printer. Your printer will live longer too.
6. Upgrade old models to newer, energy efficient models. Energy efficient devices cost more up front but over time they’re going to save you money.
7. Stop those drafts. Drafts can result in substantial heat loss meaning you are heating the office for no good reason.
8. Keep control of your heating and cooling: Turning heating down a degree or two in the winter and aircon down in summer can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%.
9. Encourage everyone to practice good energy efficiency in the workplace. We highly recommend taking a look at this great resource from The Carbon Trust; they have downloadable posters and leaflets to display around the office. Show your employer too and get the whole team engaging with saving energy at work!
It’s worth mentioning that ESOS is a mandatory Government energy assessment program requiring all large businesses (250 or more employees) to undertake comprehensive audits of energy use to identify energy efficiency opportunities. This assessment must be carried out at least once every four years and you must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that you have complied with their obligations. CLICK HERE for more information.
There is nothing mandatory set out for SME’s but that’s not to say it won’t in the future. Get to grips with auditing your business now, it will benefit you, your employees and your bank balance!