Our top tips for creating an energy-efficient office.
It takes a lot to run a company, from guts to smarts and plenty of funding.
But, there is also a growing focus on collective responsibility.
Although, with the cost-of-living crisis still taking centre stage in the UK, many are focusing on costs above thoughts of sustainability business models.
In fact, according to Forbes, although 90% of businesses think that sustainability is essential, only 60% of companies have a sustainability strategy in place.
However, energy-efficient office conserves money in more ways than you might think.
Saving energy in the office is one of the easiest ways to save money and support the environment.
In this blog post, see how you can make a difference to our planet and your bottom line with three easy ways to keep your office energy-efficient from ServiceMaster Clean.
Easy Office Energy Saving Tips
Replace your light bulbs.
These use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer.
Yes, you read that right – you save money on energy bills and at the store when you go CFL.
While LED lights are even more energy efficient, they tend to be more cost-prohibitive for businesses.
You can encourage employees with desk lamps to use LED lights or calculate whether the longevity of LED lights is worth the initial investment.
Additionally, remind employees to turn off the unused lights in empty rooms.
Furthermore, open blinds and use natural lighting as often as you can during the day to keep energy use down even more.
Turn off computers when not in use.
One of the most commonly missed office energy-saving tips is turning off equipment at the end of the day or during periods of low usage.
During the day, ask employees to use the hibernation feature on their computers if they step away from their desks.
This mode reduces the energy emitted from the monitors and the computer itself.
You can also shut down computers completely before closing each day for more savings.
Remember that even when electronics are off, they use energy if plugged in.
The NRDC reports that this wasted energy adds up to around the amount of electricity produced by 50 large (500-megawatt) power plants yearly!
If your office is going on a lengthy holiday break, unplug energy-sucking equipment like printers, microwaves, coffee machines, vending machines, lights and more.
Go paperless as often as you can.
Set up systems that allow employees to work electronically as often as possible and only print things when necessary.
This will help prolong the life of your printer, paper and ink/toner and also help reduce your energy costs and protect against deforestation in one fell swoop.
If you must print a document, print it in black and white.
That way, you save money on printer ink or toner and help keep excess consumables, including toner cartridges, from filling landfills.
Also, consider using copy paper with the highest percentage of recycled paper content.
You can also utilize local recycling services for your waste paper.
The future is now.
If you’re ready to make these three easy energy-saving changes, there’s no better time to start than now.
Gather your staff to explain the easy ways to keep your office energy-efficient
Soon, the savings accumulate, and you’ll feel good knowing your business is acting as a responsible corporate citizen.
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