Tips on lowering energy bills
With energy costs set to rise further this year, there’s never been a better time for businesses to look for ways to cut their energy bills.
British businesses waste a staggering £160m a year just by leaving lights on unnecessarily at work, according to figures compiled by Green Office Week, commissioned by the office supplies company Avery.
Here are a few energy saving tips:
- Replace traditional light switches with movement sensors in rooms such as hallways, lavatories, corridors and kitchens.
- Enable the standby mode in office equipment such as printers and photocopiers and make sure they’re all turned off at the end of the day. In fact, take this further and invest in a seven-day timer switch so they’re never accidentally left on over the weekend.
- Unplug phone chargers. They drain power when plugged in, even if they are not in use. In fact, only 5% of the power drawn by an average charger is used for the phone – the rest is wasted.
- Reset the thermostat one degree lower. See if anyone grumbles. If not, you’ll save 5-10% on heating bills.
- In an old office building where the windows are draughty, don’t position desks so that people are sitting with their back to the window. Reposition desks to almost any other configuration on the basis of chairs in the warmth, desks in the cold.