5 ways to save on your electricity bill
23rd August 2021
Running an office can be stressful enough without worrying about the electricity bills, so we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to help reduce your energy use and cut your bills. Not only is this good for your bottom line, it’s also good for the environment.
Make the Most of Natural Light
Overhead lights are often kept on all day, but this is often unnecessary and is wasting energy. If there are large windows that let in a lot of light don’t automatically put the lights on. Make it part of your routine to judge the natural lighting before reaching for the lightswitch. If there isn’t a lot of natural light available, and you have to keep the overhead lights on during the day, then consider switching to LED lights. They are much more effective than traditional lighting, will last longer and will save you money. LED lights are more expensive to buy but you will quickly recoup the cost with the savings on your energy bills.
Avoid Standby Mode
Many people leave their desktop computers on sleep mode overnight, and whilst this may save you a few minutes in the morning, it actually wastes energy and costs money. Depending on how many machines you have that can result in as much as 4 days of watsed energy, rising dramatically if left on standby over the weekend. Try to make it part of everyones daily routine to switch their computers off before leaving. You’ll soon see a reduction in your energy bills and usage.
Switch Unused Appliances Off
In any workplace there are plenty of appliances that run on electricity. This can contribute to high electricity bills. For equipment that isn’t in constant use make sure it’s turned off at the mains when not in use as it will still use a small amount of electricity if it’s plugged in.
Printers, photocopiers and scanners can be quite power-hungry, as can appliances such as kettles, toasters, microwave oven and coffee machines so consider switching them off and unplugging at the end of the day. This will make a small difference but over time this mounts up.
Efficient Temperature Control
Keeping your office or workplace at a comfortable temperature for employees is important for productivity and wellbeing, but having them on constantly can soon lead to high energy bills. Whether you have air-conditioning or heating installed in your workplace it’s essential to make sure they are regularly maintained to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible. It’s worth considering upgrading the system you use if your costs are excessively high, the initial outlay will be recouped by the reduced energy bills. There may be grants available to help you get more energy-efficient equipment.
Thermostats can help greatly in keeping the room at a comfortable temperature, and don’t automatically put the air-con on. Fresh air is much more beneficial so if you can, open the windows and let the breeze cool the room.
Keep Devices Updated
If your office equipment and/or devices are showing signs of become less efficient they may be coming to the end of their lifespan. When this happens it’s worth considering an upgrade to more energy-efficient counterparts, this will save you money in the long run. Always check the energy efficiency of any new appliances or devices to help you on your journey to reduced emissions and energy bills.
If you would like to know more about how Qudos can help you reduce your energy use and save on your electricity bill, give us a call on 01482 880390 or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. For a free energy survey get in touch today – https://qudos-group.co.uk/free-energy-survey/