Electricity is a precious resource and needs to be used prudently. Commercial spaces tend to use an enormous amount of energy. While usage of electricity for certain facilities and processes of commercial space is absolutely inevitable, there are several fronts on which energy can be saved, thus saving costs and avoiding unnecessary wastage. There are many ways and means to save electricity in the office. The first step is to take a close look at the electricity bill of your company or business every month and to then figure out which items consumed the most amount of electricity.
Here are the best tips for lowering commercial electricity usage at your office
- Shift to energy-efficient equipment –There are costs to be factored in while upgrading office equipment. However, using updated and new photocopiers, printers, scanners and computers will greatly help in lowering electricity consumption. Newer devices have greater energy efficiency; check for an Energy Star logo.
- Switch off the heating as much as possible – Whenever it is not needed, switch off your heating and cooling at the office. Maintaining a certain temperature each day in a particular season may lead to electricity wastage. Shift to use of smart AC to shrink bills and follow all recommended tips for running commercial AC. Keep heating or cooling on only when they are required. This will help you save money, boost productivity and prolong the life of appliances as well. Open windows in summer as much as possible. Get more indoor plants for superior air quality. Infuse natural light into the office while switching off electric lights when possible. If this is not possible, then light some parts of the workplace naturally and use limited artificial lighting for keeping the entire premises well-lit. You can enjoy the benefits of getting more natural light with a portion of the cost required for lighting up the entire workplace. You can also think of installing skylights if you have a single-storied office or big exterior windows.
- Switch off computers when the day ends – Most computers end up using considerable electricity even in sleep or hibernation mode so just switching the PC to sleep mode may not be enough to save electricity. Make sure that all computers are switched off at the end of every working day.
- Turn off unnecessary devices outside of regular hours – Just like you turn PCs off at the end of the day, all unnecessary devices should be turned off outside regular working hours and during weekends. This includes printers, photocopiers, scanners and any other office equipment.
- Motion sensors for controlling lighting – You can consider motion sensors for controlling the lighting in certain areas. Sometimes people forget to switch off lights, and unused spaces continue to stay lit. Motion sensors will do the trick.
- Unplug electronic devices when not using them – Electronic devices keep drawing charges from power outlets even when they are not being used. From photocopiers to PCs, most large devices keep using electricity while staying plugged in, in spite of remaining switched off. Unplug switched off devices when you do not need them. It will help lower electricity bills over a longer period of time.
- Make use of blinds tactfully – You can use blinds in a strategic manner for blocking out the heat of the sun in the summer. Making use of sunlight to light up your office space can be beneficial but when summer has just reached its peak, excess sunlight and afternoon glare may be a major problem for the entire workplace. It may increase the temperature within the office, causing discomfort and a decrease in productivity. The use of blinds in the office in this situation can be an excellent solution as it blocks out direct sunlight while lowering the heat levels naturally in the office. Blinds offer the option of regulating how much natural lighting you want to use in the office space. This simple method will help you make the office more comfortable for everyone who is present or working there, particularly during hot and stuffy afternoons in summer.
- Appoint compliance officers – Be sure to commend and recognize the efforts of those who are saving electricity in their own ways. Get the entire office switched to a program of energy-saving methods and have a compliance officer in place.
- Switch to solar energy – Whenever possible, keeping in mind the cost, switch to solar panels for lighting up your office and running panels at least half of the time. This will save you a ton in electricity costs.
- Change your lighting-There are costs to be factored in while upgrading office equipment. However, using updated and new photocopiers, printers, scanners and computers will greatly help in lowering electricity consumption. Newer devices have greater energy efficiency; check for an Energy Star logo.
These simple methods will go a long way towards helping you save on electricity costs at the workplace.