“Businesses in the UK waste on average 10-20% of the energy they buy.”
(Source: Confederation of British Industry)
Saving money on your energy bill is probably a lot easier than you think. Being energy efficient makes a huge difference and boosts your businesses’ green credentials.
- When not being used, switch off computers and other appliances (don’t leave them on standby)
It may not be possible to turn a computer on-and-off when being used throughout the day, but if you and your colleagues get into the habit of turning off computers when leaving the office this can lead to huge savings. Peripherals like printers and scanners should also be turned off when not in use.
A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost over £50 a year.
Unplug chargers when not in use. If a charger feels warm when it is plugged in without being attached to a device it is still converting energy.
- Switch Lights off
Encourage staff to switch off lights in unoccupied areas or where daylight is adequate. You could cut your lighting costs by as much as 15%, just by making sure you turn lights off in rooms and corridors that aren’t being used.
Remember to think of the cost savings of a product by the end of its lifecycle. Energy efficient lightbulbs may be more expensive initially, but they will save in the long run.
- Turn the heating down
Inefficient heating and cooling are often the prime reason for high energy bills. Simply reducing the temperature by 1ºC can cut your heating bills by 10%. Often in a business environment simple heat saving tips can be employed that will save money.
- Become aware of how much water you’re using
Can the hours of availability of hot water be reduced?
Make sure urinals don’t flush through the night. Devices which prevent urinals from wasting water can pay for themselves in a few months.
- Check for dripping taps and leaking pipes
A constantly dripping tap adds up to a lot of wasted water. Keep a regular watch on your water consumption to track down these kinds of problems.
- Reduce waste
Cutting the amount of waste your business has to handle is the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of dealing with waste.
Seemingly trivial changes can produce significant savings, such as printing and photocopying double-sided, refilling printer cartridges, switching off lights and electrical equipment, and using rechargeable batteries.
Buy only what you need, control stock and streamline processes across departments.
- Refill printer cartridges instead of buying new ones
Whether inkjet or laser, printing cartridges are expensive. It’s much cheaper and more environmentally friendly to refill existing ones.
- Control your heat
Why lose up to 35% of the heat from your office through the walls and up to another 25% through the roof when you could install cavity wall and loft insulation?
Shutting the curtains, especially lined ones, will stop heat escaping through your windows.
Double-glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50%, resulting in a significant reduction to your heating bill each year.
Keep your doors closed between heated and unheated areas. This could reduce your energy bills by 10%.
- Defrost fridges and freezers
Defrost any fridges and freezers regularly to improve their efficiency. Don’t put hot food in the fridge – let it cool down first. Position fridges or freezers as far from cookers and heaters as you can
- Ditch screen-savers
Do not use screen savers. It is far more efficient to use the power down settings available, or to encourage staff to switch off their computer monitors when away from their desks