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6 months ago

Ten More Tips for Business Energy Savings

As businesses grapple with unprecedented energy costs, the implementation of energy saving measures is a key strategy to keep bills in check, particularly during the winter. In addition to the 10 tips we shared last winter, we’ve put together 10 more practical suggestions to further optimise your business's energy consumption.

1. Unplug Devices

Contrary to popular belief, some devices continue to draw power from the mains even when turned off. Implement a policy in your workplace to unplug chargers, printers and other non-essential devices when they're not in use. Smart extension leads that automatically cut power to idle devices are also available as an alternative.

2. Make Use of Natural Ventilation

Take advantage of natural airflow to cool your workspace in the summer months. Opening windows and using fans can reduce your reliance on air conditioning systems, cutting down energy consumption and costs.

3. Upgrade to a Smarter System

Consider investing in a smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can be programmed and controlled remotely.

Christmas decorations in an office spaceThis allows you to optimise temperature settings based on who is in at the premises and when, reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

4. Optimise Server Rooms

If your business relies on server rooms, ensure they’re well-ventilated and kept at the optimal temperature. Introducing efficient cooling solutions and regular maintenance can lead to substantial energy savings in the long term.

5. Implement Audits

Conduct regular energy audits to identify areas with room for improvement. These audits can pinpoint inefficiencies, recommend upgrades and help you track your progress in reducing energy consumption over time.

6. Encourage WFH

Building on the home-working revolution, promote a culture of flexible working arrangements. Allowing employees to work remotely can significantly reduce the need for office space and help cut down associated energy costs.

7. Invest in Renewable Energy

Consider integrating renewable energy sources like solar panels or biomass boilers into your business infrastructure. While the initial investment may be substantial, the long-term savings and positive environmental impact will likely be significant.

8. Bolster Your Insulation

Ensure your business premises are well-insulated to prevent unnecessary heat loss during the colder months. Proper insulation can reduce the workload on heating (and cooling) systems, resulting in lower energy consumption.

9. Check the Energy-Efficiency of Appliances

When upgrading office equipment, choose energy-efficient models with high ENERGY STAR ratings. From computers to coffee machines, selecting eco-friendly appliances can contribute to substantial savings.

10. Educate and Encourage

Educate your colleagues about the importance of energy conservation and consider training them on how to use office equipment efficiently. Simple actions, such as switching off lights and equipment when not in use, can collectively make a greater impact.

By adopting these additional tips alongside our initial 10 from last year, your SME can further enhance its commitment to sustainability, simultaneously reaping the rewards of reduced energy consumption. Regularly reassess your energy-saving initiatives to stay ahead of the game and continually cut costs.

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Sam White