As a business owner, you strive to limit your operating costs. By managing your office’s energy use, you will save on energy costs while also creating a more productive and positive atmosphere for your employees and clients.
To get you started, here are a few ways to minimize your office energy costs:
Motion sensor lighting can drastically alter your energy bill. Instead of having lights on in conference rooms and bathrooms all day, you will only use energy when a room is occupied. With motion sensors, you also won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off a light in a less commonly used area such as a storage room or closet.
Smart HVAC technology can save your company money. The systems regulates your heating and cooling system, ensuring they only run when they need to. Thermostats can be adjusted to run at different temperatures in different rooms and at different times. You are also able to control the system remotely, which can be beneficial if you forgot to turn down the heat over a long weekend.
LED lights consume almost ninety percent less power and last longer than incandescent lightbulbs. This means you’ll save on both energy and replacement costs. LED lights also generate less heat, which is good for your office during the summer time.
Natural lighting is not only free but can also brighten the atmosphere of your space and boost employee morale. Skylights and large West and East-facing doors can brighten your office and even heat it up during the winter time. Consider rearranging your floor plan to make the most of the sunlight. In contrast, you should also install and utilize blinds during the summer to keep the office cool.
Having an energy-efficient restroom will cut down your energy consumption significantly. Consider replacing paper towels with high-efficiency air dryers. If you’re not ready to eliminate paper use altogether, consider using paper towels made from recycled paper to cut back on your carbon footprint. Install touchless faucets and low-flush toilets to reduce water consumption; low-flush toilets use half the water that regular toilets do.
While reinsulating your office building requires some upfront investment, the benefits are worth the effort. Some older office buildings are known for releasing heat in the winter and leaking cool air in the summer, which increases energy costs significantly. Reinsulating your office space walls and ceilings will create an air-tight, energy-efficient business.
The types of office equipment and appliances you use can affect your energy consumption hugely. Use Energy Star-certified office equipment and appliances, as they are more efficient than conventional models. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has established strict standards that manufacturers must adhere to earn the Energy Star label. You could see huge cost savings if you opt for Energy Star equipment.
Choose green options when choosing office equipment and appliances. Larger computers and other technology typically use more energy, so consider laptops and tablets when possible. Look for products that have standby features and use less energy when not in use. Another way to save energy is to turn off and unplug equipment at night.
Reducing energy consumption in the office isn’t a one-man responsibility, but rather should be a part of your corporate culture. To make a significant impact, every member of your team must be involved in the cause. Clearly explain how your company intends to reduce its energy consumption expenditure and how it benefits the business and employees. Write policies and procedures that encourages energy conservation and create an environment that makes it easier for employees to stick to them.
Looking for more ways to save? Check out our blog posts on reducing commercial occupancy costs and the benefits of a LEED-certified office space.