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A Guide to Energy Saving In Business

Business energy saving is business money saving and these tips will help you do just this and cut your company costs.

#1. Look Around You

Saving energy in your business only requires you to take simple steps. Simply looking around can help. For instance, if you look around and notice a lot of people wearing t-shirts, it’s time to turn off heating. When you walk around the offices and notice lights in a rarely used meeting room, it’s time to turn it off. Better yet, you can install a sensor. When you notice a machine has been left on while not in use, you need to turn it off.

Importantly, prove your energy credentials to your colleagues and challenge/inspire them to do the same.

#2. Consult Your Colleagues

The battle to be energy efficient cannot be won single-handedly according to the Josco Energy Company. You need everyone efforts and contribution towards the same. If you are the business owner, you should appoint an “energy champion” to lead the way in curbing energy waste. The champion should report on the various ways that energy is being wasted and gather everyone’s opinion on how the entire company can negate energy wastage.

#3. Conduct An Energy Audit

You should consider conducting an energy audit. To this end, take regular meter readings and compare energy consumption in number for a number of recent months. Furthermore, you can follow Carbon Trust’s advice and measure/calculate the energy consumption per product item if you manufacture physical goods. Taking such initiatives will allow you to notice areas where you can make energy savings. Find out more IU Consult’s Energy Audit services.

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#4. Switch Things Off (The Basics)

Ensure that all the equipment and machines are switched off during off hours. While this may seem like an obvious task to do, it, however, is seldom done. Importantly, when not done, it ends up being costly for the business. For instance, a computer and its monitor when left running for 24 hours will cost your business just about £50. By simply switching off the computer and monitor, you can lower the cost to £15 for the whole year.

As for shared equipment such as photocopiers and water coolers, you can use a timer to automatically switch off the machines at night. For large companies, you can invest in advanced energy management systems that allow network admins to power down PCs automatically and remotely when not in use. However, it is always far cheaper and efficient for workers to switch off the machines they use.

#5. Switch Things Off (Advanced)

Turn off the various air-conditioning units, compressions, ventilation units, and extraction units in places where there is no person to benefit from their use.

#6. Optimize Your Lighting

You can optimize the lighting in your premises by incorporating a motion-activated sensor to sense movement, and thereafter switch on the light. The same approach can be used for the extractor fan in the toilet. Furthermore, you should label the control switches to all the equipment to ensure that users understand how to switch the equipment on and off. 

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#7. Turn Down The Heating

Unless it is too uncomfortable, try and keep the thermostat at a cool 19C (66F). Keep in mind that your heating costs will go up 8% for every single degree increment. If any of your employees feels cold at that temperature, ask them kindly to wear warm clothing. While this may seem straight from Victorian Workhouse Manager’s Text, there are substantial energy savings to be made. Aside from that, who really needs an environment warmer than 19°?

#8. Get The Boss/Owner On Board

In instances where you are not the boss, get them on board. Making your place of work energy efficient will undoubtedly require some capital inputs in technology and sometimes in services. As such, you need to develop a business case to make your business energy efficient for the bosses or owners. To this end, you should focus on cost in relations to the long-term financial return. However, you should also include aspects of meeting regulations, the corporate reputation gains, creating a better working environment, and improving environmental performance.

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