Ways to Save Electricity
Don’t lose the spark.
Like money, energy is transactional. It moves hands and alters in its form and function. In regards to business practices, however, saving energy should be viewed as the equivalent of saving money. Unfortunately, all too many companies neglect to consider energy as a priority in their business practices and as such, lose money. To alleviate the strain on your business, here are several easy ways to save electricity.
Kill the power.
Nowadays, most businesses utilise at least one computer. It’s unrealistic to expect individuals to turn off their PCs when they leave to grab a coffee but make sure they avoid screen savers at all costs. In fact, we’re not even sure why they’re called screen savers. For all intents and purposes, they may as well be called devilish drainers. When it comes to saving energy, you need to consider all avenues of energy efficiency. This doesn’t just apply to PCs but coffeemakers, toasters and kettles too. When your staff are no longer using them, ensure they power down all appliances.
To put this into perspective, a standard desktop computer uses about 0.1kWh of energy when idle. This equates to about 1.4 pence. If left on for just two hours a day – doing nothing – it’ll cost you 2.8 pence a day. Whilst that might not sound like much, scale that up to 100 desktops – all of which are unnecessarily left on for two hours a day. Based on 52 five-day weeks, that’s a yearly cost of £728 going down the drain!
Energy vampires, be gone!
No, we’re not talking about any ghouls running amok in your premises. We’re referring to the devices and chargers that are left plugged into sockets. Regardless of whether or not a device itself is on or even charging, the plug itself is still syphoning electricity. Hence the inference of “vampire” –because they’re leeching energy. A good way to test whether your plugs are doing this is to simply feel them. If they’re cold to the touch, you’re good. If they’re generating some form of heat, chances are they’re using power!
Douse the heat
Businesses don’t need to be heated outside of hours – there, we said it. Believe it or not, this is all too often a problem we face. Even if your team works varying hours, try and utilise programmable smart thermostats or encourage your staff to wear layers. Turning down your thermostat by just 1° can make an enormous difference to your annual bull.
Limit your light
It might sound obvious but lighting is one of the best ways to save on electricity. Energy efficient bulbs should be utilised wherever possible to significantly reduce your energy consumption. Halogen light bulbs aren’t particularly eco-friendly and they can cost you a heap to power. Whereas LED or energy-saving bulbs (such as fluorescent lamps) will reap major saving.
More often than not, lights are left on in areas where they shouldn’t be. Someone might head out for that coffee and simply leave the light on.
Ways to rectify such situations are to install motion-sensing lighting. This way, you can eliminate human negligence and keep rooms lit only when they’re in use. Aside from this, natural lighting should be taken advantage of. It costs nothing and can boost morale. Plus, passive solar energy can heat your building provided sunlight is shining through your window.
Avoid peak demand
Not all businesses work at the same hours. However, “peak demand” hours are the typical 9am to 5pm. During these hours, energy is most in demand and as such, you might incur a subcharge from your supplier. However, you can reduce your peak hours by working around these hours. Staggered shifts and during the evening and night time hours could see you conserve both energy and those pennies throughout the peak hours.
One of the best ways to save electricity is to encourage staff involvement
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. Keeping your staff in the loop is the best way to shine a light on what savings you and your team can make.
Get an energy audit
Once an auditor carries out a physical inspection of your site, they can identify energy consumption and wastage. A report will typically provide you with 10-20% of savings on your business’s annual utility spend. Our comprehensive reports assess the feasibility of your energy efficiency measures and also identifies whether you need a more detailed investigation into a leak. Audits are a practical step in identifying, quantifying and prioritising energy-saving opportunities. The report specifies areas of concern that could better accommodate energy efficiency. These reports are an essential tool in reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints and to save on outgoing costs.
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