Ways to Save Electricity in Your Workplace
Whether you’re at home or at work, we should all be making a conscious effort to save energy when we can. Consideration towards the environment is one small step that can go a long way if everyone has the same attitude, even in your workplace. First Strike Electrical have listed their top tips on how to reduce our collective carbon footprint and how to save electricity in the workplace.
Turn Off Lights and Appliances Not in Use
This is so obvious, although we’re all guilty for forgetting, especially if we are preoccupied with a busy day. However, this is such a simple and effective way to make a small change to your routine. Turning off a spare computer that’s never used, or switching off the staff room light when it’s not in use can really make a difference on your carbon footprint and save money as well as energy to your company. Before you leave for the day, make sure all lights and equipment are turned off too. Statistics show that 15% of businesses annual energy bill is spent on lighting costs, and 50% of businesses leave their electrics on overnight and during the weekends. Saving electricity and energy with lighting and appliances has never been easier, so here are a few examples of electricity-saving alternatives
-Use as much natural light as possible
– Turn off all appliances not in use
– Set a timer on the lights to turn off automatically when they are not in use
– Use LED lights
Take the Stairs
If you work for a big corporate company, you’ll understand how busy the lift can be in the mornings and the rush home. Why not take the stairs and avoid the claustrophobic scramble and energy (especially if you’re on your own)? This will help to save electricity on a single, unnecessary trip. Try and get into a good habit by doing this as often as you can.
Whilst practical and, on rare occasions within the British summer-time, necessary, air conditioning requires a large amount of energy to cool down a room – especially if you are a large company and have a lot of space to cover. Exploring other ways to keep cool in the summer is a great way you can save your company a few spare pennies. Keeping a thermostat down by just 1°c can save you 10% on your annual bill. Other suggestions we would recommend as an alternative to air conditioning would be:
-Dress for the weather by wearing lighter clothing you will be comfortable in.
-Use a timer on the air-conditioning to ensure you’re not wasting energy.
-Leaving your windows and doors open to allow air-flow to circle the room.
– Keeping the thermostat at a comfortable and desirable temperature- between 20-23°c
Try to Reduce Printing
Generally, we no longer need things to be printed on paper as much as we used to. Most work-related documents can be worked on and saved electronically on your laptop or PC. Email, text message and other platforms for sharing work are obtainable and more convenient to share documents and information, instead of printing it out. We would suggest:
-Using recycled paper for printing
-Getting into the good habit of recycling paper that you do not need.
-Only printing if you really have to
-Trying to limit your business to a certain number of printing credits to avoid waste.
General Office Equipment
Unfortunately, for many businesses, lots of electricity is wasted on office equipment that isn’t used in a conserving or energy-efficient way. More often than not, equipment is left on overnight and electricity is wasted. Other ways we can all try and save some electricity within the office could be to:
-Set computers to go into sleep/ hibernation
-Energy efficient saving modes on PC’s and laptops
-Save work and print less
-Ensure that future office purchases are energy saving/ high rating
For more information on saving electricity or the services we at First Strike electrical have to offer, please get in touch with us by filling out an online enquiry form, or call us today 202 3633 4536.