Unless you’re someone who actually owns or leases the office building where you work (and therefore, is responsible for the utility bills), there’s a pretty good chance that you’re not thinking too much about how much the energy bills are.
Yet look at it this way: By doing things to lower the energy costs in the workplace, not only are you helping the environment, but you’re also saving your company some extra money. And those are actually two really good reasons to be a bit more “green” at the office.
If you’d like a few tips on how to help to be more energy efficient while at work, we’ve enclosed five of them for you below:
Have an energy audit done. There are a lot of buildings that spend more on their water and electricity bills simply because they have issues like leaks in their windows and doors, poor insulation or a HVAC unit that needs to be serviced. The best way to find out if you have these kinds of things is by having an energy audit conducted. When it comes to an office setting, we recommend hiring a professional to do it rather than trying to conduct one yourself. To locate one, go to your favorite search engine and put “energy auditors” along with your city in the search field.
Keep the blinds open. If you’re working during traditional business hours (9am-5pm), try your best to keep the binds open. That way, natural light can come through and you won’t need to rely so much on overhead lighting. If you do happen to need artificial light, try and go with using some compact fluorescent light bulbs. They tend to use about 30-40 percent less energy while lasting 2-3 times longer than other light bulbs do.
Use water wisely. Energy does not only consists of electricity but water too. When you’re in the bathroom or break room, make sure to not leave the sink running when you don’t need it. As a matter of fact, you might want to mention to your supervisor or human resources director that they can save a significant amount of money on their annual water bills by installing some automatic faucets.
Turn things off. If you asked a company like B2B Energy or even went to a website such aswww.BusinessElectricity.co.uk for some tips on how to lower your energy costs at the workplace, one thing that they would probably tell you is that you should make sure to turn anything off in the evening that doesn’t need to be on until you return to the office the next day. In most cases, this would include your computer, the copier and printer and of course, the lights.
Do cleaning and maintenance during the day. It’s not rare for people to have their cleaning and maintenance crew work once their other staff is gone but that really is a waste of electricity. Look into having them come in a couple of hours before everyone else arrives in the morning or towards the end of the business day. By making this minor adjustment, in a matter of a couple of months, you’ll start to notice a difference on your energy bills, for sure.