Wasting energy at significant levels is not just bad for the environment, it’s also bad for your business. A commercial building can lose hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, as a result of energy waste. Energy bills are often a building’s largest operation expenditure. Wasted energy can be caused through simple and common mistakes that, once recognised and understood, can be easily rectified and have significant cost savings.
Where most businesses fail to recognise their key areas of energy waste, others are finding innovative solutions. The London Underground plan to pipe wasted warmth, generated by the Northern Line, into hundreds of homes across Islington by the end of this year. This is a great example of identifying and utilising sources of renewable energy.
However, there are simpler ways of reducing your business’s wasted energy. Here are a few of AXON’s top tips.
HVAC systems require continuous monitoring and regular maintenance. Actions such as unblocking vents and changing dusty or dirty filters will ensure your systems aren’t over-working to heat or cool your business. Optimising office space temperature is also important for employees well-being and comfort. Heating and air conditioning should be turned off at night, over the weekend or at times when it’s not required.
Artificially lighting an office, which could be adequately lit by natural daylight, is a drain on energy. By locating offices in a building’s brightest daylight facing areas can eliminate the need for artificial lighting. Where lighting is required, switch to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. LEDs save on C02 emissions and are 80% more efficient than standard office lighting. Always remember to switch lights off at night or when everyone has vacated the building.
Shutting down desktop computers and laptops at the end of the day will benefit the environment and your energy bills. Turning off office equipment including photocopiers, scanners and printers make a significant difference to energy usage. As will switching off kettles, toasters and microwaves left switched on in communal kitchen areas. Upgrading outdated electrical appliances to energy-efficient versions will also help to reduce your business’s energy usage.
Achieving 100% zero waste is highly challenging for a business to achieve. Reducing waste as much as possible may seem like a more realistic goal. Identifying key areas of waste in your business and introducing a process of elimination is a good place to start. Any waste that is impossible to eliminate should be recycled. Many businesses these days are championing paperless offices, drastically decreasing their use of paper by sharing and saving documents digitally.