Energy management isn’t just a winter issue. Make smart changes now to feel the benefits all year round.
It’s no secret that we use more energy in the winter. Long nights and cold days mean our reliance on heating and lighting is at an all-time high – even in the workplace. But that doesn’t mean that we should neglect energy efficiency in the summer. Especially now, at a time when the energy market has never been more volatile.
Making the most of your business energy usage now can stand you in good stead when it comes to practising greater energy efficiency throughout the year. With that in mind, here are some simple changes you can make to ensure that your organisation is not neglecting energy efficiency this summer.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
Swapping out old office appliances or factory equipment for more modern, energy-efficient options is an effective way to cut your carbon emissions and reduce your bills in one fell swoop. Newer appliances – be they fridges and microwaves or printers and servers – are typically now built with energy efficiency in mind. This allows you to get more out of your electricals without stretching your carbon footprint to its limits.
While this can be a significant investment in the short term, it can put a dent in your energy bills which, in the long run, could ultimately end up saving you substantial amounts which can then be put into other areas.
Replace lightbulbs with LED alternatives
Like your devices and appliances, your lightbulbs may well be using more energy than you think. It’s one of the most basic pieces of advice that we can give, but swapping out old filament lightbulbs with LED alternatives really can have a significant impact on energy bills over the course of a year. LED bulbs consume less energy, and offer greater control. When paired with motion sensors, LED lighting can ensure that you are spending minimal energy costs on lighting for your workplace.
According to US company Just Energy, smart bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, and outlive regular lightbulbs by up to 25,000 hours of use.
Use a smart meter for energy efficiency
Smart meters are becoming increasingly commonplace both at home and in the office, as they provide a transparent window into your energy use. With a smart meter to hand, you can see exactly where your energy is going, and make effective changes to tackle any excess spending. Smart meters offer an intuitive way to understand your energy use in real time, making it easier to improve your corporate sustainability and save money at the same time.
What’s more, smart meters can be controlled from a smartphone or another remote device. It allows facilities managers or other company personnel to set limits on energy use, and take back control when it comes to business energy management.
Seeking out the right support can also help you make sense of your energy
The energy market is a very chaotic place at the moment, but our team of experts at Consultiv Utilities are on hand to ensure that your organisation isn’t paying too much for gas and electricity.
We can help you secure the very most competitive electricity and gas contracts through intelligent energy procurement, while also offering a range of other management services from waste to water. In addition, we can support you to meet your sustainability goals, promoting a greener future for your organisation while also saving money that can then be utilised elsewhere.
Thanks to our years of expertise, we are confident that we can support your business however you need. 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 efficiency outlook? Get in touch with the team at Consultiv Utilities today.