Most businesses only operate for 10 hours a day, so why should your energy work around the clock?
Here are seven smart energy tips for your business which are good for the environment and your bottom line.
- Switch off and save!
Sometimes the simple strategies are the most effective.
Standby modes still drain power, so switch off computers, printers, lights and heating or air-conditioning equipment at night, on the weekends or anytime your business is not operating.
- Buy energy efficient equipment
While products with a higher (more efficient) energy rating are typically more expensive, the additional costs can be recouped thanks to lower energy consumption.
- Use laptops
Laptops can consume up to 90% less energy than desktop computers. So if they make sense for your business, they’re a no brainer from an energy perspective.
- Upgrade your lighting
Replacing incandescent lights with energy-efficient lighting options will help you burn through less power, and as an added bonus they also last longer, meaning less time spent replacing blown bulbs.
- Heating and air-conditioning
Cooling and heating are often one of the biggest sources of energy consumption for a business.
Apart from replacing older equipment with more modern, energy efficient options, you can also look at smarter ways to regulate the temperature in your workplace.
Window blinds, reflective coating on windows which receive direct sunlight and insulation to keep working environments comfortable mean your business will be less reliant on energy hungry heating and cooling.
- Start a movement
Every business is different, so why not empower your employees with the responsibility to better manage energy in your business?
Encourage them to look at the unique energy challenges your business faces and suggest ways to take control of energy usage.
- Automate your energy
Finally, investing in smart energy management technology will ensure your business is only consuming power when needed.
Install software to automatically power down monitors and computers on your network at certain times, timers to regulate heating and air conditioning units, and movement detectors to control lighting in infrequently used areas.