Energy Saving Tips
It pays to save.
Money might make the world go round but energy is close behind. In fact, we’d argue that energy itself makes up a substantial portion of your bills. Fortunately, with some simple energy-saving tips, you can drastically cut your costs. After all, energy is supposed to light the way – not drain you dry!
Before we dive into the deep end, we recommend one all-important thing. Make your staff aware of the environmental implications of their actions. The moment they enter your building, they feed into the building’s energy consumption. So, whilst they’re not responsible for paying the bill, their actions can affect it. To help alleviate this, we’ve cobbled together the following energy-saving tips. We’ll illuminate any small steps you and your team can make. As you’re about to find out, little things can become big problems . . .
Stop getting hot under the collar!
Heating and ventilation are prime candidates for money-saving measures. Growing up, you were more than likely told to wear a jumper or wrap up warm. However, you can’t just expect your staff to do that. Your staff deserve to be comfortable whilst working. So what steps can you take to make your heating just that bit more efficient?
How about you sort out that HVAC system?
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can falter without regular maintenance. The more use it sees, the more likely its filters will clog and its performance will slacken. These filters should ideally be changed once a month. Otherwise, your HVAC system is likely to breakdown. Energy-saving tips aside, ventilation is particularly relevant given the dizzying impact of COVID-19. Ensure your HVAC is up to scratch ahead of seasonal hot or cold spells as soon as you can.
Plant an idea
We’ll leaf this with you: plants are great for oxygenation and ventilation. Believe it or not, they are not just an attractive feature. Alongside thermostats and smart meters, they can regulate a room’s temperature. Plus, they can absorb leftover moisture. Most factory floors aren’t best suited for plants, however, they can be placed outside. If planted appropriately, plants can block direct sunlight. Whilst beneficial, sunlight can cause excess solar heat through windows. Causing some staff members to see this as a good reason to switch on the HVAC system early.
Installing something as simple as a thermostat can go a long way to keep you from going cold. This is especially the case given that the average business’s fuel bills are spent on heating and hot water. However, smart tech can allow you to control things like HVAC systems remotely. Better still, you can assess whether a workstation is using energy outside of hours. This leads us into . . .
Don’t be a drip. Tap into quick savings.
Like heat, water is essential. However, many things can lead to your energy savings going down the drain. Whilst a water company can’t turn your water supply off by law, this isn’t strictly a good thing. If someone’s left a hot tap running unattended, you might as well watch your pennies trickle down with it . . . Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. We have some simple energy-saving tips to avert disaster.
Turn off running taps
A running tap has the potential to waste more than 6 litres of water a minute. That’s just coming from one standard tap. Picture that on an industrial scale – it’s so much waste! Worst yet, some of those taps might require heating, especially when cleaning products. It might not sound like an awful lot, but to boil 1 litre of water from 20c to 100c, it requires 0.183 kWh of energy. Like many outgoings under the roof of your business – this can significantly add up! Get into the habit of turning taps off when you don’t need them, e.g. crucial moments between washing.
Sprung a leak?
This is where your staff interplay comes into play. Show them the consequences of their action in regards to the ecosystem of your business. If, for example, someone were to head into the canteen for a cup of tea: They fill up the kettle and notice the tap is leaking. Yet, rather than notify anyone, they leave it for the next person. This is a sociological phenomenon known as “diffusion of responsibility”. Essentially, people are less likely to take responsibility if there are bystanders present. However, a single dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 litres of water a year!
Waiting for the heat
Water can take an inordinately long time to heat up. During which, a lot of water simply goes where? You guessed it – down the drain. Over the course of a year, the minimal amount of water that goes to waste is equal to 11,461 gallons. If your hot water heater is quite the distance away from your sink(s), it could be far more. One green solution to this is to invest in an on-demand hot water recirculating pump. Something like an electric under the sink on-demand heater can use at least 3,000 W when initiated.
When it comes to electrical efficiency, we can be shockingly effective. Cutting the amount of electricity you use isn’t just better for the environment – it will save you money too! Unfortunately, renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy are not yet widespread. Suppliers are seeking to change this but for the time being the cost is much steeper. However, it does make for good business to advertise your environmentally friendly approach. However, we have some energy-saving tips that will help you curb your bill whilst saving power.
Are you standing by on standby?
Standby power can account for up to 10% of your annual energy usage. That’s with your devices non-operational but raring to go at a moment’s notice. Believe it or not but that little light is costing you a small fortune. Simply turn your devices off at the wall and stall that drain on your bills. You could even utilise a smart switch to do this for you. There are simple timed switches or great innovations like “remote switches”. With these, you can remotely control your energy ecosystem from your smartphone!
Light bulb moment!
This is such a simple change that could save you energy and a penny or two! Halogen light bulbs aren’t particularly eco-friendly and they can cost you a heap to power. Whereas if you switch to LED or energy-saving bulbs (such as fluorescent lamps) you’ll notice a difference. For a start, these bulbs last longer and can provide a more natural-looking light. Better yet, they make for brilliant photo opportunities. Especially when you want to scream about your savings online!
Sunlight on a rainy day
We know the sun isn’t always shining but when it is, you should make the most of it. Depending on the temperature of your building (as we said above, sunlight generates solar heat!) you could look into solar panelling. Otherwise, you could move workstations nearer to windows. This will help you save energy and increase staff morale. Should the sun hide once more, you will likely have to switch on your lights. However, you should be smarter about your lighting choices. Only light up areas in use and adjust automatic lighting sensors. Switching a light off for a few seconds save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again.
Get to grips with your energy bill
This is a pretty important point. If you don’t understand what’s on your energy bill, how can you hope to bend it to your will? After all, ‘Know thy enemy and know yourself’. At Power Audit UK, we’re experts on energy bills and delivering in-depth services. Amongst these are our energy audit reports. Such reports are a practical step in identifying, quantifying and prioritising energy-saving solutions. To start, we’ll dive into your energy bill – strip it apart – and get to grips with where your unit might be going wrong. Once done, a report will provide you with 10-20% of saving solutions for your annual utility spend. Plus, it will just generally give you far much more clarity on your energy bill.
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