Monitor the number of fans
Desk fans are a great way for employees to keep cool whilst they work. The average sized electric fan has a wattage around 25-75 which amounts to around £1 a day. Whilst this doesn’t seem a lot, ith 10 employees each using a desk fan every day over summer, this cost can soon start adding up!
To keep business gas and electricity bills manageable over the summer, we encourage evaluating the additional items in the office that contribute to additional costs. Rather than allowing individual employees to have a desk fan each, could there be a department, floor or office fan which serves the majority? Plus, seating plans could be updated, allowing those who are always cold to sit by radiators or in the middle of the room, and those who run warm to sit near windows and doors.
Switch to LED bulbs
Learning how to save energy in the summer starts with the simplest switches. Halogen bulbs turn 90% of the energy they use into heat, which will contribute to a hot and sticky office. However, LED bulbs produce half as much heat as they operate at a lower wattage and use 75% less energy and last between 25-50% longer.
Another simple task, but one that’s easily forgotten. Saving energy in the summer can be as easy as unplugging electronics that aren’t being used, especially when the office is closed. This could include computer screens, on-the-wall monitors, toasters, kettles and coffee machines. Unplugging them will also help to keep the office cool as, when they’re all switched on and working, they will produce heat and, although they’re small, this production of heat will contribute to the overall office temperature.
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