Becoming energy efficient doesn’t mean sacrificing modern technology or useful conveniences. Using a combination of technology and design, your office can cut down its power consumption by a significant margin.
These five energy efficiency tips range from quick and simple tricks for reducing short-term energy usage to long-term solutions for drastically lowering the total amount of energy used by your office.
1. Use lights only when necessary
Artificial lighting may not use as much energy as your air conditioning or heating system, but it can still be very costly. A great way to reduce your office’s electrical consumption is by turning off lights when they don’t need to be used.
Take a dedicated approach to turning off lights in the office, particularly in rooms and storage spaces that are only used infrequently. Start a ‘last to leave the office’ policy in which the last person to leave needs to switch off non-essential lights.
2. Maintain a consistent temperature
Turning the temperature control up and down is a great way to waste energy. Air conditioning and heating systems work harder to maintain a temperature that is much higher or much lower than their current level, making constant changes to your office’s temperature a major energy drain.
Instead of turning your air conditioner or heating system up and down, stick to a consistent temperature and only make minor adjustments. Running your heating system or air conditioner at a consistent temperature uses a surprisingly limited amount of electricity.
3. Invest in energy efficient daylighting
Daylighting has hundreds of benefits, one of the biggest of which is a reduction in energy consumption. By installing skylights and large windows in your office, you can significantly reduce your dependence on artificial light and lower your energy consumption.
Look into energy efficient skylights as a way of lighting your office. Many skylights can be treated using filters and film to ensure that your office doesn’t suffer from a loss of ambient heat during winter, or an excess amount of glare and heat during the summer.
4. Use energy efficient, multi-function devices
Multi-function devices such as printer/scanners make it easy for you to reduce your office’s energy consumption. Since many of these devices draw a charge even when not in use, doubling up with one device helps you reduce total power consumption.
As well as using multi-function devices to save power, it’s a good idea to invest in modern, energy efficient office equipment. Look for the Energy Star sticker on any new office equipment that you buy – this is an indication that an appliance or office device is designed for optimum energy efficiency.
5. Unplug devices when the office is closed
There’s no need to keep computers switched on and operational over the weekend, especially if you’re closed for business. Switch off non-essential electronic devices over the weekend and unplug them for a significant reduction in energy usage.
Remember to unplug – as well as switch off – your office equipment. Computers and other devices can often draw energy from the electrical socket even when they have been switched off.