Energy Saving Tips for the Workplace

Energy Tips for your Workplace

Reducing energy use has many advantages – it saves money, reduces carbon emissions, can improve a working environment and will enhance the council’s reputation.

We don’t always need to invest in expensive new technologies to reduce our energy consumption and lower our energy bills. Here are some of things you can do today that could reduce your overall energy costs by as much as 10%.

Appoint an Energy Champion

An Energy Champion at your workplace will help focus your efforts to reduce energy and can coordinate essential activities that will help you reduce energy, such as;

  • carrying out energy walk-rounds
  • reading meters and monitoring energy consumption
  • carrying out simple measures to reduce energy consumption
  • encouraging other staff to save energy
  • being a first point of contact for energy saving matters
  • liaising with Aberdeenshire Councils Energy Management Team  

Switch lights off in empty rooms

  • We could cut our lighting costs by as much as 15%, just by making sure lights are turned off in rooms and corridors that aren’t being used.
  • Remember to switch off lights when you go home.
  • Switch off lights if you are leaving an empty room for longer than 15mins – it is a myth that it is cheaper to leave fluorescent lights on than to switch them off.

Don’t use more light than you need

  • If you’re only working in one part of a room, why have all the lights on? Don’t strain your eyes, but try not to use more light than you need.

Make the most of natural light

  • It’s free and it won’t damage the environment. So keep windows clear, and make the most of the daylight. Avoid blinds down and lights on.

Label light switches

  • Help staff to select only those lights they need by attaching labels to every bank of light switches.
  • Turn off lights that are not needed but remember to consider health and safety implications, particularly in corridors and stairwells.

Install low-energy lighting

  • Choose the most efficient lighting possible.
  • When fluorescent tubes being to flicker report them promptly, as they consume more electricity than the ones working properly.

Switch off equipment when you’re not using it

  • Turning off computers at the end of the day will make a big difference,
  • Switch off your PC monitor when you are not using it, e.g. when attending meetings, tea breaks and lunchtime .Rather than operate screensavers when your PC is inactive, use the energy saving feature to switch off the monitor, or better still, switch it off yourself. This saves more than 60% of energy.
  •  Enable the power down feature on your PC; screen savers do not save energy. A typical PC left on all the time would result in carbon dioxide emissions of 0.8 tonnes annually.
  • Do not routinely switch on office equipment at the start of each day - Wait until they are required.
  • Always switch office equipment off at night.

Heat only when needed

  • Heating needs vary throughout the day so check that your system operating hours match the times when heating and ventilation are required.

Check thermostats regularly

  • Discourage staff from using them as on/off switches - turning to maximum does not speed up the heating process, it usually just results in an overheated space.
  • If staff members are opening windows when heating is on, you are wasting energy and money. Use thermostats and TRV’s to regulate the temperature.
  • Overheating is a sign of poor control. It wastes money and energy and creates uncomfortable working conditions.
  • Lowering heating temperatures by just 1ºC can save 8% on fuel consumption.
  • Recommended temperatures are between 19°C and 21°C. Settings should reflect the activity taking place in the space.

Keep systems clear and unobstructed

  • Make sure radiators and vents are not obstructed by any equipment.

Hot Water

  • Wasting hot water penalises a property twice: once for the energy used to heat the water and again for the actual water used.
  •  Deal with dripping taps and leaks promptly.

More information can be found on the Carbon Trust web site.

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