Anything you do around the office to save energy not only helps the environment in reducing CO2 emissions, it cuts your utility bills and boosts profit margins.
In simplest terms being energy-efficient means using the least amount of power to get things done. Heating costs are one of the major expenses in cold weather. Anything you do around the office to save energy not only helps the environment in reducing CO2 emissions, it cuts your utility bills and boosts profit margins.
If your workplace allows the use of portable heaters, you might want to end the practice. Portable heaters are inefficient wasters of electricity and potential fire hazards, especially when left unattended.
Only use what’s needed
Most of us take heating and air conditioning for granted, but management and maintenance should take note of what’s being used compared to what’s really needed. Don’t be afraid to turn down the heat a little in winter. Nobody should be walking around in short skirts or T-shirts anyway. Having each person in the habit of wearing appropriate clothing is a more effective way for them to stay warm than relying on the building’s heating units.
Install smart climate controls
Controlling the ambient temperature through a centralized system makes more sense. For every degree the temperature is raised, it’s costing more money. A centralized temperature control wired into your building can interact with appliances via a smartphone or computer and keep the temperature within the limits you choose. Companies like Powerblanket offer products and controllers can send you text or email alerts whenever the temperature does not fall within your specified range. This give greater control over the entire facility to ensure energy conservation is being observed.
If you’re using old heating equipment, it might be wise to see whether they can be economically replaced. Newer equipment is much more energy efficient than obsolete heating systems, and generally comes with Energy Star ratings so you can get a good idea of just what you’re saving. Over the long term, more efficient heating will save you enough money to pay for itself. Above all, keep up maintenance to ensure all heating systems are operating at maximum efficiency.
Ask a specialist to do an energy audit of your office or facility. They can track down areas where heat may be lost due to gaps or poor insulation, especially inefficient window glass. Energy efficiency might be as simple as turning down the heat or AC. But for peace of mind, putting newer technologies in place will help to ensure that your business is more energy-efficient and more profitable.
Lizzie Weakley, the author of this article, is a freelance writer
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