When you’re someone who either owns or manages a company, aside from making sure that you provide a great service and that your customers are always satisfied, one of your daily concerns is doing whatever you can in order to keep your expenses down; especially when it comes to your energy bills.
If you’re interested in knowing about some simple-yet-effective ways for your staff to conserve energy and for your company to ultimately save money, we’ve got five proven tips for you below:
Conduct an energy audit twice a year. If you’ve always wondered if there’s a way for you to know if there are air or water leaks in your office space that you may not know about or if your appliances are not working as effectively as they should, one way to find the answers to all of these issues is to conduct an energy audit. You can either hire someone to do it for you, or you can go to a website like TheDailyGreen.com or Energy.gov for tips on how to do it yourself. Just go to one of the sites and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Use natural light more often. Being that a large amount of offices are open during daytime hours, this means that they are in operation while the sun is out. If your place of business is one of them, rather than relying on overhead lighting, how about opening up the blinds and using natural light instead? Not only will it significantly reduce your energy bills, but it will give you some much needed Vitamin D too.
Prefer laptops to desktops. If your office currently has more desktops than laptops, you might want to consider changing that. The reason why is because there are many reports which indicate that using laptops more often can ultimately save you as much as 30-40 percent on energy costs on an annual basis. Plus, they help to save you space too.
Install automatic faucets. Finding ways for businesses to conserve energy is not just about looking for how to be more responsible with electricity but with water too. That’s why, when it comes to the kitchen sink in your break room as well as your bathroom sinks, it’s a good idea to install some automatic faucets. That way, you don’t have to worry about someone walking away from any sink in your office and forgetting to turn the water off. Speaking of bathrooms, if you want to save even more money, you can install some low-flow toilets. You can learn more about them by contacting your local home improvement store.
Unplug what you don’t need. If you were to consult with an energy company like Ambit Energy about something that you can do to save energy at work, you might be surprised by a very simple one that they would probably recommend. If you happen to leave things like your computers and copiers plugged in after leaving the office, that will rob you of what is known as “phantom loads”—energy that is being used simply by something being plugged into an outlet. Therefore, encourage your staff to unplug all of the things that do not need electricity throughout the night. If you do, you’ll start to notice a difference in your office’s energy bills the very next month.