- Make a plan.Once you have decided to reduce your energy costs (and there’s no reason for not doing so), you should start from making a well thought-out plan. If it is a small business, you can do it yourself; otherwise you should delegate this task to some individual or a team, who’ll submit a report after visiting all departments and considering different options for saving costs.
- One of the most basic (and the most obvious) things to do is to turn off all lights, computers and other electrical appliances, which are not in use.This is such a straightforward energy saving step, yet ignored by many offices and businesses.
- The light must comply with international standards for workplace, but for whatever reasons, some businesses go beyond these requirements and install excessive lights in the factory or workplace.
- Even more bizarre is the case, when lights and other electrical appliances are left switched on around the clock. If there are lots of computers, printers or other electric equipments in your office, don’t just rely on issuing a notice, directing the workers to shut down their PC’s before leaving.
- Instead, assign this task to someone in the office, who must do a round and make sure all computers and equipments are properly switched off.
- Consider the energy requirements when buying vehicles or other office equipment.There are many options available in the market, offering reasonable performance with sufficient reduction in energy consumption. For example, laptops consume less energy than desktop PC’s; therefore you should consider using laptops instead of computers with power hungry monitors.
- Ask your staff to use heating/cooling systems at moderate levels (room temperature set at some point within 70 – 78 is perfectly normal).
- Heating or cooling at workplace should be used to the extent of ensuring comfortable working conditions. Discourage the use of air conditioners, when switching on a simple ceiling fan will do the job.
- Before implementing these energy-saving steps, call for a meeting and share the advantages of energy saving with your staff.Let them know how energy saving will add to the overall profitability of the business, and how a profitable business will eventually be able to pay better salaries and bigger bonuses to its workers.