Save energy, make more money!
As an experienced commercial electrician we often see ways to save money in a business. Put simply, saving power can be one of the simplest ways of improving the profitability of your business. You can make quick power saving changes across your business that will reduce your energy bills. You’ll also lessen carbon pollution and conserve energy – bonus. By training your staff on energy saving, together you can do your bit for your bottom line and help protect the environment.
So it’s a simple equation … The more energy you save, the more profitable your business can be.
9 Tips for reducing electricity usage in your business
1.Keep control of your heating & cooling – Reducing the heating temperatures in your business by just one degree in autumn/winter can cut your heating bill by up to 8%! If possible, open up the blinds or curtains on a sunny day and turn off that heater. If you have an air conditioning system, setting your air con’s temperature just one degree higher than usual can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%. Positioning thermostats away from draughts and direct sunlight ensures they are accurate.
2.Avoid wastage! You can save up to 75% of total heat loss by closing doors to colder rooms on cooler days, and closing doors to warmer rooms on hotter days. Fitting draught excluders and making sure your premises are well insulated can be very cost effective. Keeping doors and windows closed when heating or air conditioning is running will also save on costs. Seems obvious but so often these simple tips are overlooked.
3.Minimise artificial lighting & replace existing lighting with a more efficient option. Keep the windows and skylights clean. You will be able to cut the amount you spend on lighting. If you mainly work in one part of a business, isolate the lights to that area only. Make it easier for staff to think about energy usage by labelling switches. Your staff should only turn on the lights they need, and turn them off completely at the end of a working day. You should also consider installing presence sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically as you move through a premises. Switch your existing lighting to a more efficient lighting system, such as LEDs – there are plenty of options available, and the annual savings are considerable.
This point is particularly relevant to us as a commercial electrician. We often visit businesses to conduct audits and conditioning reports. We often recommend businesses to upgrade wiring (especially for safety) and suggest switching older lighting systems for newer, more energy efficient ones.
4.Use energy saving features. Most modern electronic office equipment such as printers and photocopiers have energy saving capabilities. Train your staff on how to use these features. If your equipment is older, it is likely to be less energy efficient. Consider the initial investment in new kit vs the long term energy savings of a more efficient unit.
5.Switch off office equipment when not in use. A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day can cost over £100 a year. Switching it off after hours will conserve energy and reduce your energy bill. You could also fit seven-day timers to ensure equipment like printers and photocopiers are turned off overnight and on weekends.
6.Make sure your equipment & systems are well maintained – A properly maintained heating and cooling system should work more efficiently than one that is not maintained. This should save energy and running costs.
7.Out with the old…update your heating and cooling systems – If your old air conditioner or heater is not working at maximum efficiency, it could cost you money and use a lot of unnecessary power. By replacing air conditioners and heaters that are more than 10 years old, you can save up to 40% of your annual heating and cooling energy costs.
8.Invest well. When purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider energy saving models that power down after a user-specified period of inactivity. If appropriate, use inkjet printers – they consume 90% less energy than laser printers. Purchase appropriately sized copiers for your business’s needs. Look for the energy rating label when purchasing new appliances and equipment – the more stars the better.
9.Get your staff involved in the effort to save power – Create an energy efficient work culture in your business. Saving energy will require your employees to take on some of the responsibility, so make sure to consult them before changing your practises, and ensure everyone is on board in the effort to reduce power usage.
So there it is… 9 top tips from a commercial electrician to help reduce your energy usage and ultimately increase your profitability. It’s not too late to commit to reducing your energy usage and saving money. It doesn’t have to be done all in one go either. Some change is better than no change at all.
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If you need an electrician to conduct an audit, and see how you can save money, contact us today. Punton Electrics are NICEIC approved electrical contractors and experienced commercial electricians working across the New Forest.