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How to run an energy efficient office

How to run an energy efficient office

How to run an energy efficient office

Today's firms face many challenges, from fundamental business goals like keeping costs down and generating revenue to more modern concerns like energy efficiency.

For office-based companies, the job of keeping the business premises as efficient as possible has become increasingly important in recent years, partly because of government targets but also because it is an effective way of saving money.

Here are some of the steps your business could be taking to maximise your energy efficiency and minimise your costs.

Use efficient services

If you want to achieve true environmental efficiency, your business needs to look beyond its internal operations and think about the various services and processes you rely on from external providers.

For example, if you use a cleaning company, be sure to go with a provider that can demonstrate its green credentials and only uses eco-friendly products.

The same principle should apply to your supply chain - conduct background checks and research to ensure you are buying from suppliers with high environmental standards.

Cut down on electricity consumption

Electronic devices represent one of the biggest areas of potential energy waste in the office, largely because people often don't think about how much power they use.

It's common for desktop computers or laptops to be left on when they are not in use, but this can be a major drain on your energy supply and pushes up your bills.

When the working day is over - and preferably during lunch hours or other prolonged periods when they are not needed - computers and other devices like office printers should be completely powered down.

Get smart with lighting and heating

Another common practice that office workers might not even think about is leaving lights on in an empty room.

One possible solution to this problem is using occupancy sensors, which can detect whether a room is empty or occupied and switch the lights on and off accordingly.

It can also help to make basic changes like replacing old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving alternatives and switching older fluorescent tubes for newer, more efficient versions.

When it comes to heating, be sure to set your temperature controls to match the time of year and weather conditions - ensuring the thermostat is turned down in summer, for instance - and use time controls to ensure that the premises are not using energy for heating when they are unoccupied.

Keep staff informed

One of the biggest contributors to energy inefficiency in offices is a lack of awareness among workers about the importance of this issue.

Many members of staff may be simply unaware of the significance of energy efficiency, or might think that it's someone else's responsibility to ensure that lights are switched off and machines are powered down.

Arrange training sessions to make sure all employees know what they can do to make their workplace as efficient as possible, and ensure that all managers and team leaders are maintaining high standards to set an example from the top.

 

Posted by William Rodriguez

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