From new start-ups to established SMEs to international corporations, running a business can be an expensive ordeal. Employee salaries, benefits, products, rental space and much more can all have a real impact and often come under scrutiny from business owners. However, something which is often overlooked is how wasted energy can contribute to the cost of running a business.
If ignored, energy can become a significant operating cost, as well as unnecessarily grow a business’ carbon footprint. Adopting the energy-saving mentality is half the battle, but many business leaders don’t know where to go from there, so here are some useful tips to help you start minimising your business’ wasted energy:
This might seem like an obvious one, but often its small changes like this which can stack up and create significant savings over the long term. Instil a sense of responsibility into staff to keep lights switched off when they’re not in use, or if the room or corridor has enough natural daylight.
Leaving electrical appliances, such as computers, printers and projectors, switched on overnight is unnecessary, and the resulting wasted energy can really add up. Unless needed, switch off electrical appliances at the end of each day, and at the very least in preparation for the weekend.
Neglected repairs can be a contributor to wasted energy. Ensure staff are reporting and dripping taps, urinals or toilets to your Facilities Manager as soon as they can.
Unless air conditioning is absolutely necessary, windows should be the go-to source of natural ventilation. Internal or external shades can also be used to prevent glare or excess heat.
When the heating is on, it’s much better to adjust the thermostat temperature than to open a window.
Only boiling what your need is another small behavioural change which can have a big impact in the long run. If you have a point of use hot water tap, check to see if there is a timer so it can be switched off overnight. If there isn’t a timer, see if a timer plug can be used.
The same rule for lighting in the office applies to external lighting; inform your Facilities Manager if car park lighting is switched on when there is enough daylight.
When it comes to the working environment, employees have different needs and preferences. One solution to this is to re-arrange the seating arrangement to suit everyone’s needs. For example, employees who prefer a cooler environment could sit close to air conditioning units or windows, whilst those who prefer it warmer could sit closer to the radiators.
One of the best ways to keep wasted energy to a minimum is to ingrain it into the company culture and create a community centred around energy saving. Establish an internal group to help circulate messages on energy efficiency and collate ideas from colleagues. It is important to not only provide ways to save energy, but also information about how it will impact employees on a personal level, as well as the business as a whole.
These tips are a great starting point for businesses looking to improve energy efficiency, but the next step for businesses serious about minimising wasted energy is to looking into Building
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