From Heating to Lighting: 5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Save Energy at Work

5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Save Energy at WorkSaving energy at work may not seem like a big priority. However, making small and easy changes to your workday routine can have a significant effect on the amount of energy your workplace uses.

The cost of energy is on the rise, and with energy efficiency measures aiming to cut commercial and industrial energy consumption, reducing the amount of power your business uses is always an intelligent choice. Luckily, cutting back on energy usage is far easier now than it used to be.

These five tricks, tactics, and changes are unbelievably simple to make. Try adding them to your typical workplace routine and watch as your energy consumption – as well as your monthly utility bills – begins to decrease.

1.Switch off electrical equipment when work hours end.

2.Insulate your building to prevent ambient heat loss.

Inefficient heating and air conditioning could be costing your business thousands of dollars a year in extra energy consumption. If your building isn’t property insulated, you could be losing a huge amount of heat – or, in summer, gaining a huge amount of unwanted heat – through your walls and ceiling.

If you own your own building, make sure you take steps to keep it insulated with the most modern, energy efficient materials. Good insulation not only prevents outside weather from making your building uncomfortably warm or cool – it also reduces the amount of energy your heating system needs to maintain a stable temperature.

3.Switch off your artificial lighting and use natural light.

Artificial lighting is one of the biggest expenses involved in running a modern office or retail building. Even modern, supposedly energy efficient artificial lighting uses a huge amount of electricity, increasing your monthly bill and making your office far more dependent on energy than it needs to be.

Switching to natural light – in the form of daylighting systems and windows – is one of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption, lower your bills, and build an energy efficient workplace. It also has numerous other benefits ranging from better health to increased focus and motivation.

4.Switch to modern, energy efficient office equipment.

Outdated office equipment isn’t just painfully slow and inefficient – it uses far more electricity than it needs to use. Older computers often have outdated power supply hardware that draws a larger charge than it needs to in order to operate the CPU, graphics chipset, and other important components.

Older CRT monitors are also a huge energy drain. Switching to modern LCD or LED screens not only improves productivity and makes your computer screens far more clear for users – it also drastically reduces the amount of electricity used by each of your computer workstations.

5. Keep your air conditioning or heating system clean.

Just like a lack of insulation can increase the cost of operating your air conditioning or heating system, dirty ventilation and poorly serviced equipment can quickly add up when your monthly energy bill arrives.

Keeping your HVAC system well maintained and clear of dust and debris may sound like common knowledge, but it’s a problem that affects a huge amount of businesses and homeowners around then country. Issues such as dirty filters can make heating systems and air conditioners far less efficient than they normally would be.

Check your air conditioning system’s operational manual to learn about its service intervals, and keep it clean and well maintained to reduce its energy consumption and enjoy a cooler, more comfortable work environment.

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