There are many benefits to transitioning to more energy saving habits in the workplace. From reducing operational costs with less expensive utility bills to making a positive stride toward fighting climate change, saving energy can make a big difference for your wallet and the environment.
1. Get an Energy Audit
An energy audit allows you to determine how you currently consume energy and where you can reduce usage. Make sure to meet with a professional who can provide you clear and useful methods for saving energy usage in your business.
2. Switch to Energy Efficient Office Equipment
When purchasing or leasing new office equipment, look for the ENERGYSTAR rating. These appliances are pre-evaluated for energy efficiency and can help you reduce operational costs.
3. Reduce Peak Demand
If your office hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., try running some equipment during the evening or early morning hours to stagger energy usage throughout the 24-hour span of the day. In addition, if you have many employees, consider having different start and end times to have less individuals using office equipment at once throughout the day or better yet, offer teleworking options.
4. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
The quickest and easiest way to be more energy efficient is to switch from older incandescent light bulbs and CFL light bulbs to LED ones. An outside lighting audit can help you pinpoint exactly where your most urgent needs are.
5. Turn off Lights or use Sensor Lights
For spaces not as frequently in use (i.e. conference rooms, bathrooms, libraries, etc.), consider turning off the lights. If this feels like a difficult habit to create in an office space, think about installing sensor lights and having the work done for you.
6. Use Natural Sunlight
If you are blessed with large windows and great sunlight, consider allowing natural light do its work. You can save on your electricity bill by not turning on office lights until it is absolutely necessary. Tip: Some slight shading or window film can also reduce the amount heat entering a room.
7. Use Fans
Fans do not need to replace an HVAC system, but can rather be used to help it be much more efficient. Placing fans strategically around your office can allow for a more thorough distribution of cool air, which can mean the thermostat does not need to be lowered to extreme temperatures.
8. Strategic Landscaping
If you own the building where your business operates, consider planting some trees that can provide adequate shading. This way, your business remains cooler during the warmer months and your air conditioning unit can do less of the work.
9. Power Down Equipment at the End of the Day
At the end of the night, there is no need to keep computers and other office appliances on and plugged in. The best and one of the easiest ways to reduce energy costs and your carbon footprint is to power down on all equipment at the end of the workday.
10. Reduce or Prevent “Phantom Energy”
On top of turning off electronic equipment at the end of the day, encourage your staff to unplug unused appliances. Even when a device is off or unused, it may be consuming energy as it remains plugged in. The easiest way to prevent––or at least reduce––this energy usage is to connect all devices to a smart power strip or surge protector.
SuperGreen Solutions is committed to helping all businesses––no matter how big or small, to create more sustainable habits in the workplace. Through its energy audit solutions and ISO 14001 Sustainability Certification, SGS can help businesses make positive strides toward greater energy efficiency. Through these services, businesses can lower operational costs and increase operating behavior; they can improve employee morale and increase overall revenue. Contact your local SuperGreen Solutions today!