How to Save Electricity

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Bring about positive changes to your working environment.

Wondering where or how to get started in making your workplace more energy efficient and sustainable? If we all do our bit to save electricity, we can make a positive impact on your workplace and the environment. Here are our tips for minimising electricity consumption in 4 key areas of the typical working environment.

How to save Electricity – Air Conditioning

Too hot, too cold or just right?

No matter what, heating and cooling any building requires a large amount of energy. Here are some tips on how you could reach the Goldilocks zone with some alternative energy-efficient methods.

Dress to impress

Wear lighter clothes in the summer and warmer clothes in the winter. Show how conscientious you are your finances (and the environment!) with this one simple gesture.

Seal the exits

When heating a room, make sure that all exits are closed – including windows. This way, heat doesn’t escape. Conversely, open them when the place is getting a little stuffy.

Stay on target

The most comfortable room temperature is between 20-23°c. Keep your thermostat fixed to create a stable working environment and prevent any irrational irritability.

Plot a course

Integrate an energy management system into your building. Set timers for your air conditioning and programme when to turn on/off when people enter or leave the building.

Batten down the hatches

Ensure your building is air-tight. If your building is susceptible to draughts you’re going to be losing heat. Get around this by installing weather strips on doors and around windows.

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Bring in the big guns

Have a specialist evaluate your overall energy efficiency with an audit. At Power Audit UK we can show you whether your business is consuming too much energy and how to avert this.

How to save Electricity – Lighting

Will you see the light?

This is perhaps the easiest way you could finesse your finances. In some cases, it’s as simple as flicking a switch. Give yourself a light bulb moment with our handy tips on how to save electricity.

Automate your triggers

Are your staff not in the habit of switching off lights? Set them to automatically turn off when they finish for the day. Staff staying on for overtime can even manually override this.

Clean as a whistle

Believe it or not but a heavy coat of dust on your light fixtures can block up to half of your light source. What’s worse is that this slow process can go unnoticed if not regularly cleaned.

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Flick the switch

Call it obvious but this is a habit we should all get used to. When exiting a room, turn the light off behind you. Provided you don’t leave anyone in the dark, of course!

Sense a presence

Lights can prove particularly costly when left on. The easiest way to keep them off when they’re not in use is to implement automatic light sensors. This can save a LOT of electricity.

Throw those curtains wide

Let the light in and use as much natural daylight as possible. Not only is this good for your energy bill, non-artificial light is also good for your staff’s state of mind.

Upgrade your bulb

Wherever possible, use LED bulbs. These bulbs can last up to 2.5 longer than compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and 25x longer than incandescent bulbs.

How to save Electricity – Your Equipment

Does this compute?

As a society we have become almost wholly reliant on the latest technological wizardry. From PCs, monitors, printers and phones. Take a look at some ways you could save yourself a small fortune.

Consider microgeneration

Businesses can create energy for themselves by installing resources like solar panels. Going green has a low-carbon footprint and is also a fantastic selling point for your business too.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

They might look pretty but get rid of those pesky screensavers! When you’re away from your desk settle for sleep mode instead. Once you’ve finished, shut it down fully and head home.

Encourage your staff

The secret to reducing energy consumption in your workplace is through getting your employees on board. Try and get you and your staff to collectively make small changes in their daily habits.

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Hot off the press

Before initiating a print job, ask yourself whether you really need that document printed? Can you refer to a digital version instead or share it via email with a colleague or client?

Save the day

Believe it or not but most modern PCs, monitors, phones and the like all have energy-saving modes. Take a look through your settings and optimise these to your heart’s content.

Stay ahead of the curve

Replace outdated technology wherever possible. Older equipment tends not to be anywhere near as energy-efficient as newer models. Some even use between 50-90% more electricity!

How to save Electricity – Kitchens & Canteens

Go on, get us a cuppa.

Big or small, kitchens can be a nightmare when it comes to saving electricity. Fortunately, we’ve noted down some tried and tested ways of keeping your kitchen energy-efficient.

Cuppa flow

Boiling excess water requires an inordinate amount of energy. Energy that simply goes to waste. Get into the habit of not overfilling the kettle and descale it on a regular basis.

Let the heat flow

Ensure there’s at least a 10cm gap between the back of the fridge and the wall. This way, heat flows more freely and saves on electricity that would otherwise be used to cool.

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Switch off

This doesn’t just account for kitchens but everywhere in your business. When not in use, try and switch off appliances at the plug. Otherwise, you’re paying to keep things on standby!

Tap into your leaks

Avoid running water wherever possible. Report dripping taps so they can be promptly repaired. Otherwise, your heating energy is quite literally going down the drain!

But most importantly . . .

Don’t forget to switch to a cheaper energy deal.

There’s only so many ways you can consciously go about minimising your energy output before addressing the elephant in the room. If you’ve got a raw deal, you’ve got a raw deal. There’s only one way to cut the amount you pay per unit of your energy yet many businesses avoid doing this. They often do this because they fear it will be a time-consuming task.

That’s where we come in handy.

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