Energy is a business cost that you can easily control. Start with a couple of these simple energy saving tips then add more as the habit takes hold. You could soon see a difference in your bottom line.
Use natural light where possible and only turn on lights when necessary.
Encourage your employees to switch off lights and equipment when leaving rooms.
Replace old lighting with energy efficient lights, particularly those that stay on for long periods.
Fit motion sensors that automatically switch on and off lights in rarely used areas.
Choose the most energy efficient fridge you can afford.
At close of business, fill empty spaces in refrigerators and freezers with bottled water. This helps to stop cold air escaping and warm air entering whenever the door’s opened.
A well-sealed fridge is much more energy efficient, so replace any worn seals.
Give your fridge space away from other appliances that emit heat.
Shield the fridge motor from direct heat or sunlight and make sure it’s well ventilated.
Air conditioning and heating
Buy the right size and type of heating or air conditioning equipment for your needs.
Insulating your premises helps heating and cooling systems work more effectively.
Computers and equipment
Switch off computers, printers and copiers at the end of each day.
Use electronic documents instead of paper ones.
Set your computer to sleep/standby after 20-25 minutes of inactivity.
Buy the most energy efficient equipment you can afford.
Hot water systems
Make sure your hot water system suits your size and usage.
Keep your water system well maintained to maximise its efficiency.
Electronic sensors on taps and low-flow nozzles on showers and taps can reduce wasted water and demand on your hot water system.
Insulate hot water pipes that are exposed to the outdoors.