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Saving Energy in the Office: Top Ways to Reduce your Consumption


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Whatever your work environment, if you care about your utility bills and want to be greener, you should be considering your energy consumption and what you can do to reduce it. While competitive prices provided by British Gas business gas and electricity tariffs help to keep costs low, staff members can do their bit to reduce the overheads even more. Not only would your balance sheet be happier if you managed to reduce your usage, but the planet would thank you for it too.

Thousands of companies all of the country rely on British Gas Business to supply their gas and electricity and, with many years’ experience, they know exactly what to do to ensure your needs are taken care of.

Working in an office opens up plenty of opportunities to monitor your energy usage and reduce your consumption. Encourage your employees to join you in energy-saving initiatives and encourage them with incentives if need be.

  • Encourage staff to use lights when they need them, rather than leaving them switched on all the time. Kitchens, store rooms, bathrooms and the boardroom don’t need to be lit when you’re not using them. If there are less staff in the office, only light the areas being used. Make it known to your staff which lights don’t need to be on all the time.
  • Use time switches and daylight sensors so that even if staff forget to turn lights off on leaving the office, they won’t stay switched on throughout the night.
  • Swap all bulbs to energy saving ones.
  • Switch off electrical equipment when not in use. While standby mode is considerably less energy hungry than normal mode, it still consumes energy so if possible, turn them off altogether. If you have the funds, invest in more recent models which are more energy efficient than older ones.
  • Turn thermostats down, particularly during the summer. Even a one degree reduction can have a huge positive impact on energy usage – up to 8% in many cases.
  • Avoid using heating and air conditioning if you’re going to open the windows too, to avoid heat loss and unnecessary overheating.
  • Close window blinds on leaving the office, to help reduce heat loss.

According to The Carbon Trust, an energy efficient office could see bills 65% cheaper than a typical office that doesn’t consider their energy consumption. As a business owner, the savings are huge and many are so simple to implement too.

Saving Energy in the Office: Top Ways to Reduce your Consumption

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