1. Were you born in a barn?
Keeping doors closed can reduce your heating costs by 30%. Use easy to fit door closers to make it impossible for someone to leave the door open, and install gap fillers to stop heat from escaping.
2. Standby is not off
Electrical appliances continue to use power even if they are on standby. Find out if they can be turned off a the mains safely.
Disable them! They are a waste of energy. Let the screen go black or ask staff to turn their screens off when they are not at their desk, better still, set the computer power option to automatically switch off after a few minutes when not in use.
4. Vending machines
Switching vending machines off when they office is closed saves you money. Just remember, you can’t do this if the machine contains food that would spoil. Install timers to regulate power usage and ensure your refreshment are cold when you need them. A recent report from one of our clients showed that it cost £1.74 to power the machines while the office was closed. That might not sound a lot, but multiplied across the full year, that is a £635.10 annual saving.
5. Where did that come from?
Make sure staff are not bringing in appliances and using them at their desk or in their office. There be more fan-heaters, kettles, toasters and mobile phone chargers in the building than you think.
6. Fit motion detectors on your lights
Fit motion detectors on your lights to turn them off when no one is in the room. Infrared or microwave sensors detect movement and automatically change the lights. Most sensors allow you to change their settings to suit your working conditions.
7. Consider a heat recovery ventilation system
This extracts the warm moist air from your building through a concealed system. The air is passed through a heat exchanger then ducted outside. Fresh air from the outside is drawn in and passed through the heat exchangers, which warms it before it is ducted back into the building.
8. Bigger isn’t always better
It is important to have the right size boiler. Oversized boilers never reach their full potential since they are always running at part load.
9. Let there be less light
By auditing the light levels inside your building it may be possible to remove some of your light fittings and still achieve the light levels you need.
10. The sun has got his hat on…
Use daylight where you can/ If daylight is already lighting an area you can fit sensors with automatic dimmers that will lower the artificial light levels and save you power. Could you fit more skylights or light pipes to bring more sunlight into the building?
11. You shall not print…
Printing and photocopying takes lots of energy. Go paperless for a day and see what happens to your energy use and then see how often you could do it.
12. Get a Utility Efficiency Audit…FREE
One of our audits can save you money by identifying areas where energy and water savings can be made. The final report shows where changes can be made, what they would cost and what the payback period would be. The Utilitywise audit tool is so powerful that several energy suppliers are using it to conduct their own audits.
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