Maintaining a successful company and running an effective office within the current economic climate is challenging enough. Add to that the inevitable consistent rise in energy costs you may agree that now is a good time to think about implementing an energy saving strategy within your organisation. Successful focus on, and management of, making your office space more energy efficient does not only provide the benefits of becoming a greener organisation but the change can almost certainly make some positive adjustments to your balance sheets.
Managing the unnecessary usage of your electrical appliances will also make big differences to your utility bills. Rather than ban phone chargers and such like from the office altogether, it would be wise to encourage that such things are kept switched off at the wall when not in use. Surveying the efficiency of your appliances can also be a good investment. For example, flat computer screens use just 30% of the electricity consumed by their bulkier predecessors.
Heating is of course another huge portion of energy bills. Lowering the thermostat by 1 degree can decrease your monthly bill by 4% so encourage your staff to don a jumper or extra layer.
A great way of monitoring your usage and seeing quantifiable evidence of your positive changes is by requesting an energy monitor for your utility supplier. This gadget is usually free and can provide details on when your usage is highest and lowest. It also gives real time energy readings and estimated daily and monthly costs, allowing you to manage your consumption more efficiently and effectively. Many energy providers will not make it clear if your tariff is changing and so maintaining assessments of your contracts can prove frugal. Feel free to negotiate and threaten switching if you cannot secure a few percent discount per unit.
It is also worth enquiring into the many tax incentives for investing in greener, more eco friendly approaches to energy in the office such as the ECA, which is a government plan providing tax breaks to orgainsations that choose to install energy efficient equipment.