With energy costs on the rise, a large number of businesses are looking at ways to reduce their consumption. Some have turned to energy-efficient daylighting to cut down on lighting costs, while others have improve their insulation in order to stop heat transfer from increasing the energy needs of their heating system.
These strategies are effective and certainly worth pursuing, but they’re not the only ways to save energy. From changing habits to investing in large-scale improvements to your work environment, these seven tactics will help you save electricity in your factory, your fulfillment center, or your retail store.
1. Use Energy Star equipment
Does your building contain an office? Using Energy Star approved equipment is a great way to reduce your total power consumption. The Energy Star sticker can be found on energy-efficient office equipment and home appliances.
If your building uses old office equipment, consider replacing it with more modern, energy-efficient options. The cost of replacing outdated office equipment is quickly repaid in the form of lower power bills and a more efficient workplace.
2. Become a paperless business
Memos, manuals, and other documents don’t need to be printed out. By taking your workplace communications to the email inbox, you can reduce your environmental impact while simultaneously saving electricity.
Alternatively, you can always set your printer to use both sides of a page to save a small amount of paper while improving office habits.
3. Embrace natural lighting
Artificial light is expensive, unhealthy, and environmentally unfriendly. Installing a daylighting system in your building doesn’t need to be expensive – in fact, when you look at the long-term savings, it’s actually a very cost-effective choice.
Switch from using artificial light alone to using natural light, either on its own – at certain times of day, this is possible – or alongside a small artificial lighting system.
4. Unplug computers over the weekend
Are certain areas of your building left unused over the weekend? If so, switch off and unplug your computers and other office equipment. A lot of devices draw a charge even when they’re turned off, making them phantom electricity users.
One of the best ways to easily control your building’s power usage is to plug all of your computer equipment into power strips. This way, you can switch off several devices at once over the weekend or on public holidays.
5. Invest in good insulation
Heating your building in winter can get expensive, especially if you live in a cold and snowy state. Instead of spending big on heating, allocate your budget towards a new insulation system that prevents your building from needing large-scale heating.
As well as wall insulation, you’ll want to invest in ceiling insulation and glazing for windows and skylights. This is vital for preventing heat loss through the ceiling, as the warm air created by your heating system quickly rises and disappears.
6. Good weather? Open windows and turn off the air conditioner
In summer, it can be tempting to run your building’s air conditioning system in any weather. However, good weather is actually a great opportunity to ventilate your building and cool it naturally.
Speak to your energy manager about using natural weather to your advantage. Not all buildings need to use their air conditioning system in summer, and some days are great opportunities to go without and save energy.
7. Open blinds during the daytime
Do you close blinds to avoid the early morning glare? After the sunlight has died down, reopen your blinds to capitalize on the large amount of light that can enter your building during the day.
Increasing the amount of natural light that enters your building allows you to turn off interior lighting during the daytime. This improves productivity and makes your building a more welcoming environment for employees and potential customers.