Saving energy is a hot button topic in the world of business, not only helping you to reduce your bills but also ensuring that your company makes a significant impact on helping to maintain a greener planet. But if you are thinking of changing your company’s approach to energy saving, do you know how to go about doing this? Here are five tips to help you save energy:
Turn It Off
It may seem like a simple idea, but ensuring that all your equipment, such as computers and lights, are turned off at the end of the day can save your company hundreds per year. In fact, even keeping appliances in standby mode can continue to use up to 50% energy. You can also install ‘intelligent’ lighting systems that are programmed to turn off at certain times during the day, or are motion sensitive so will only function when people are in the room.
A huge amount of air can be lost through gaps and cracks in your walls and roofs. Ensure that warm air is kept in and cold air is kept out by insulating your facility. This will reduce the amount of heating you need to use during the winter months and keep your air conditioning working well in the summer months.
Check Doors and Windows
Doors and windows can be one of the most common sources of air leaks, and so should be checked for drafts and any gaps sealed. You may also want to think about replacing your doors and windows with more energy efficient choices, such as double glazing. This will not only help keep your facility an ambient temperature throughout the entire year, but also reduce your energy bills.
Update Your Lighting System
Upgrading your lighting systems to energy saving systems will help make significant reductions in your company’s energy usage. Similarly, even making simple changes to your lighting system can help use less electricity. Switching to compact fluorescent (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs can not only save up to five times more energy but will last longer than standard ones meaning that you do not have to change them as regularly.
Employing a preventative maintenance plan will ensure that all aspects of your facility are regularly checked, this includes energy usage systems such as heating and air conditioning. Making sure that these are well maintained will ensure that they are not struggling to function, and therefore working overtime, thus using up extra energy.