How can I save money on my energy?
We all try to be more mindful about how we use energy at home, like switching off lights and not leaving the fridge door open for ages. But when it comes to energy efficiency at work, that’s often another matter – leaving the lights on all day, not turning off the photocopier at night and leaving computers on standby are all common workplace inefficiencies.
So if you’re the boss and this sounds like your workplace – do something about it and make your workplace more efficient. Here are some quick energy saving tips – they may not sound like much but added together they could make a real difference to your bill:
- Get tech savvy – we live in a digital age so why not embrace it? Modern systems can be controlled or monitored using apps – such as Hive or Nest. This can help you manage your heating remotely and also just make you more aware of what you’re using (and how much you’re spending).
- Switch to greener alternatives – simply switching to energy saving lightbulbs such as LED lighting could save you enough for a few rounds of printer ink.
- Turn off the lights – whoever’s the last to leave should make a point of switching off the lights – your business premises isn’t a lighthouse.
- Draught proof – much like you’d do at home, make sure there aren’t any gaps in your insulation that’s sucking up energy, plug the gaps and save money.
- Switch off not standby – switch off monitors and equipment, don’t leave them on standby, you’ll be surprised at how much it’ll add up to.
- Control your heating and air conditioning – turning down your heating by just 1° could save you nearly £100 a year
- Invest in new appliances – sometimes you may need to spend money to make money, if you’ve got a creaky old boiler that uses more energy warming up than it gives out, perhaps it’s time to think about replacing it. Moderns systems and appliances are usually more energy efficient in the first place meaning you’ll save even more in the long run.