During the winter temperatures plummet, while our energy bills begin to rise. For large organisations with bigger outlays to make on their energy bills, this can run into thousands of pounds. Here are some tips on saving energy for businesses:
– Make use of ‘smart heating’
Corporates who haven’t made the switch to intelligent or ‘smart heating’ are potentially pouring money down the drain. That’s because smart heating makes use of thermostats that can be programmed for your work schedule each day, and can even shut down your heating when the space isn’t occupied. You should be wary of placing your thermostat anywhere it could give a misguided reading, such as in direct sunlight or a draughty area.
– Effective insulation
For large organisations, making a number of seemingly small tweaks around your workspaces can add up to form big corporate energy savings. Energy efficiency can be improved by ensuring that there are no ‘leaks’ through which heat can escape during winter. It could be around windows, doors or ducts – so ensure that any small weak spots in your insulation do not add up into a large energy bill for your business.
– Get the right equipment
Are you in the market for a new set of computers this winter? For corporates, this is an important procurement decision which will take into account a number of factors – from price to compatibility – but don’t forget to look out for energy-efficient equipment. This can be done by identifying the ‘Energy Star’ logo on computers, which indicates an energy-efficient piece of kit. It’s also important to consider that laptops typically consume a lot less energy than PCs.
– Consider ‘work from home Fridays’
You can give your employees are a special treat on one Friday every month, by offering them the opportunity to work from home – you also stand to slash your energy overheads in the process! In the digital era, there is more chance than ever for staff to work from the comfort of their own home, so it can be a mutually beneficial option for corporates.
Those are some ways in which you can save energy during the coldest time of year. Try some of them and then compare what you pay with the corresponding bill from last year – you might be amazed what you have saved!