Energy efficiency is very much a current issue in the modern world. We want our homes to be energy-efficient because it saves us money and is good for the environment. However, we should also want our businesses to be eco-friendly and energy-efficient too. The reasons behind this desire are very similar to those from domestic backgrounds, but being able to lay claim to an energy-efficient status will also boost your reputation and social standing, which is never a bad thing.
With energy efficiency on the agenda for all of us, there is no shortage of ways for businesses to pursue energy efficiency, but there are plenty of methods that are really worth emphasising. Here are a few of the best energy saving tips that we can recommend to you:
Turn off the Lights
You’re probably sick of hearing about this, but turning off the lights is the cornerstone of an energy-efficient business. Seriously, you can save 75% of the energy you use by just switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, so imagine what you’ll save by turning them off when you don’t need them. 50% of commercial building expenditure is usually down to lighting, so do something about that.
Turn off the Power
Again, another oldie, yet still a goodie, power down any equipment that you’re not using. That means things like computers, printers and other devices. Just having the screen savers on won’t cut it; turn them off when you leave. You could even consider Smart Strip power chords to regulate power or lessen the energy that electronics still use when they’re (technically) inactive. It all adds up.
Use the Landscape
You may think that eco landscaping would fit well under a heading of ‘eco-friendly’, but looks less suited to an article on energy efficiency. Not so! Having things like trees near your building can reduce the temperature by as much as 6°, so if your business builds up a lot of heat then trees can do wonders for cutting down on your cooling bills. That’s definitely energy saved.
If you’re looking for simple ways to improve employee well-being, and enhance productivity along the way, bring the landscape indoors and apply natural features to complement the space. Office plants offer a means to decrease stress while enhancing productivity by 12%, and boast air purifying and quality increase qualities. It’ll also make your office look far more welcoming and natural, boosting staff morale and in turn, improving your office atmosphere. For example, Jungleworld provide a professional array of corporate flowers and office plants to enhance your working environment and simply improve the aesthetic of your office or corporate space.
Heating and Cooling
Moving onto heating and cooling, these two facilities (along with lighting) form the bulk of business expenditure, so energy efficiency in this area is key. Turning down the heating and the air conditioning will obviously do the trick, but you’ll also need to keep all of your systems maintained too. Nothing leaks more energy than a struggling HVAC system, although poor insulation and the like will cause plenty of problems too.
You’re not exactly short of options when it comes to this though. For example, Westgate Solar Control can provide a form of heat reflection that’s literally as simple as applying film to your windows, meaning you’ll have to resort to air conditioning far more infrequently, and it’s simply a matter of identifying similar ways to maximise your HVAC efficiency.
Ask the Experts
Sometimes, you’ll need a helping hand to cut energy in your specific business area, so never be too proud to ask for advice. Assimilate Systems can help factories and plants to optimise energy usage, and there are similar options for cost-cutting and the like throughout all business sectors. There’s only so much you can do on your own, so if you want to do a really thorough job, call in the experts!
Energy efficiency is good for your business in so many ways that it really isn’t a question of ‘will you comply?’, but is instead a matter of ‘when will you comply?’ Sometimes, fostering high standards can feel a bit like ticking boxes for the sake of it for little reward, but being energy-efficient doesn’t fall into such a category. You’ll soon see numerous benefits, so what are you waiting for?