7 easy workplace changes that can make your premises more energy efficient

Sometimes, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference

Not only is sustainability becoming increasingly important to businesses and customers alike but, with energy prices rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more vital for organisations to practice energy efficiency in the workplace.

Thankfully, there are simple changes you can make to have a positive impact on both your bills and your organisation’s carbon footprint. Here are some top tips to get you started.

Be smart about lights

In general, we’re much more likely to leave lights on in the workplace then we are at home. We tend to assume that someone else will need the room soon after us but it’s worth remembering that switching off lights when leaving an empty room can amount to a significant saving over time – particularly in larger offices or other workspaces.

Better yet, installing light sensors means that lights will automatically turn off when a room is unoccupied. This can help to ensure that excess spending on lighting is easily avoided.

Keep the cold air out

Proper insulation can ensure that your workspace remains warm throughout the year, and this starts with fairly small changes. Sealing gaps around the windows and draught-proofing wall cavities helps to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. This gives you the freedom to open and close the windows to adjust the temperature, without relying on heaters or air conditioners that eat into your energy costs.

Switch off all appliances when not in use

Even in standby mode, appliances still use up a lot of energy. In fact, according to British Gas, workplace appliances can use up to 50% of the electricity they use when fully operational[1]. When you think about how many appliances there are in the average workplace, this quickly adds up.

Remind your team to switch off all computers and other equipment when they’re not being used. This reduces the amount of energy your workplace is using over time by a significant amount, as appliances aren’t left running idly for hours on end.

Utilise blinds

On colder days, blinds and curtains can help to improve the thermal insulation of your workspace and prevent heat loss. Investing in higher quality window dressings in just one of the small ways you can cut back on wasted energy in your work environment.

Install a smart meter

Many of us have installed a smart meter at home in recent months, in an effort to grasp a tighter hold on our energy usage. The same benefits can apply to the workplace as well. A business energy smart meter shows you exactly how much energy you’re using day-to-day, while also sending meter readings remotely, securely and reliably straight to suppliers. This lets you enjoy more accurate bills, helping you manage your energy usage more effectively.

Switch to energy-efficient bulbs

Replacing old incandescent lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs can help you save as much as 80% on your electricity[2]. While these savings may be less obvious in the summer when we rely heavily on natural light, the benefits of LED bulbs only grow when we eventually move towards autumn and winter.

Seeking out the right support can also help you pay less for your energy

Choosing the most competitive energy contract is the best way to lower your prices in the long run, and when it comes to reducing your energy spending, Consultiv Utilities are on hand to ensure that your organisation takes the necessary steps.

We can help you make sense of your bills and seek out the most competitive deal for your needs. We can also support you as you prioritise your sustainability goals, promoting a greener future for your organisation and easing pressures on cashflow in the process.  

Thanks to our years of expertise, we are confident that we can cut your business energy costs. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your utilities are both manageable and transparent.

Are you ready to improve your energy outlook? Get in touch with the team at Consultiv Utilities today.

[1] https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/10-ways-to-save-energy-in-the-workplace/

[2] https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/10-ways-to-save-energy-in-the-workplace/