Tips to reduce lighting, heating and cooling costs.
Whether it be in the home or at the workplace there are things you can do at no cost to help your business to save energy and lower the cost of those nasty bills.
LIGHTING COSTS FOR BUSINESS
Turn off lights when not needed.
It’s a sunny day outside and you have plenty of natural lighting, do the office lights really need to be on? Turning lights off when not needed not only saves your energy usage but it saves the life span of the bulbs. What about those common areas like kitchens, staff rooms, storage rooms or hallways? Do the lights really need to be on all day or when not in use? Why not install occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights on or off when someone enters or leaves the room. And do the outdoor areas need to be lit up during the day?
Use energy efficient bulbs.
Where you can, replace outdated inefficient bulbs and lamps with new energy efficient and energy saving bulbs. It may cost you a little bit of money to replace them all, but it will save you money in the long run.
How about those Fire Exit signs? Can you replace them with LED signs? You sure can and they use one tenth the amount of energy and last 50 times longer!
HEATING AND COOLING FOR BUSINESS
- Maintain heating and cooling systems
Ensure that all heating and cooling systems are maintained on a regular basis. Leaking pipes attended to immediately, filters changed regularly (monthly) and defective equipment repaired or replaced.
Ensure temperature settings are correct or install programmable thermostats that will automatically adjust the temperature settings based on the time of day or week.
OFFICE OR WAREHOUSE EQUIPMENT
Turn off equipment when not in use
During periods of inactivity switch of computers, monitors, printers, and copiers. Periods of inactivity may include non business hours, breaks or when machinery or equipment will not be in use.
Use energy efficient equipment
Almost all appliances and office equipment comes with an energy star rating. Ensure that you are purchasing and using energy efficient equipment. If your equipment is old, always keep it maintained and in good working order. Replace any parts that may be run down and working overtime.
Educate your staff to be energy conscious. Nominate an employee or group of employees to be the businesses energy representatives, promoting good energy practices in the workplace and liaising with management to discuss ideas and strategies to save energy.