Did you know that SMEs can cut their energy costs by up to 25% by making certain, easy-to-implement efficiency measures and changes?
#EnergySavingsWeek runs from the 17th to the 24th of January, and with the currently energy cost crisis and the focus on building a sustainable future, it has never been more relevant.
Whether you’re a small start-up or a large corporation, implementing these simple energy-saving tips can make a big difference to your overhead costs and energy habits.
We recommend getting an energy audit from the offset so you know which of the following ways to save energy in the workplace will benefit you the most:
- Have your heaters and boilers regularly serviced.
- Install heating reflectors behind radiators,
- Adjust your heating timer for weather changes, daylight saving times, and bank holidays.
- Price up your insulation options and look into government grants. This includes covering boilers and pipes effectively.
- Make sure employees are seated near but not right next to a heat source.
- Encourage staff to wrap up or bring a spare jumper if appropriate.
- Upgrade to LED lighting.
- Install motion sensors in common areas like bathrooms and hallways to automatically turn lights on and off.
- Dim the lights of overhead and desk lamps to reduce energy consumption without compromising productivity.
- Choose an office space with ample natural light and position desks near windows.
- Consider switching energy providers. The Federation of Small Businesses reported that 43% of SMEs have never switched energy company, even when they could save thousands of pounds. FSB have their own switching platform making it easier to identify the best deal!
- Unplug computers, monitors, printers, and other devices at close of play.
- Use laptops instead of desktops as they use less energy.
- Switch on power management settings on computers and laptops to automatically enter sleep mode after short periods of inactivity.
- Don’t forget about your kitchen, and its biggest energy drain – the fridge! Check it’s properly sealed and running effectively to avoid overpaying.
- Hire staff that share your passion for green and low energy consumption who are more likely to stick to your policies.
- Set goals, initiatives, take green pledges and set monthly meetings to evaluate progress.
- Put reminders such as posters and signs around the office to encourage participation.
Increasingly, job seekers are prioritising eco-conscious companies, so taking green pledges, setting targets, and making everyone aware of your energy saving goals can also help you to attract and retain talent. By working together, and implementing ways to save energy in the workplace, we can create a more sustainable future for our businesses and our planet
54 St James Street is an office space, conferencing and events centre and social enterprise in Liverpool. We are passionate about positively contributing to our community and creating a space where small businesses, clients, employees, and tenants can thrive. Read our blog for more tips of creating a desirable working environment.
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