Commercial electricity bills can be a pain to handle at the end of every month, especially when they seem to be multiplying with every passing month for bafflingly unknown reasons. Stay with us as we discuss a number of the common energy hogs in the office and suggest methods to counter their seemingly unquenchable thirst for electricity!
Increasing Energy Bills May Not be So Baffling After All
If we were to point out the most obvious and direct reason for ever-increasing electricity bills, it would have to be the simple fact that the price of commercial energy is indeed being increased multiple times in a single year now. There is no mystery left, if the relationship is so direct, but it isn’t good news for small businesses in particular.
What is good news though, is that it is possible to negotiate the price of small business energy via a site like Utility Bidder, and get a much lower rate per unit for your office even now. In case you are at the end of a contract with your current energy supplier, don’t renew it until you have successfully negotiated a better deal from them, or from any of the various other providers of business energy in your area.
Lights are a Huge Energy Hog in Office Environments
According to energy suppliers and business owners themselves, lighting is often the main energy hog in an office building. The reasons and the actual relevance of lighting costs will differ from office to office, but the following are found to be the most common causes behind the issue here:
- Not every office has switched over to LED, which is comparatively cost-efficient
- In a large or even medium sized office building, a few lights are often left on by mistake
- The placement of the lights, alongside the luminosity are poorly optimised
- The office is in a position where it cannot utilise daylight to its full advantage
- Employees are not taking energy-efficient practices seriously enough
To improve the situation, consider adopting most, if not all of the measures, as listed below:
- Switch to motion-sensing LED lights that switch on and off automatically
- Invest in dimmer switches to keep the lights at a low power setting if they are necessary during the day
- Make it a policy for the nightguard to check for power wasting lights kept on at night
- Conduct a strict meeting to discuss the impact of energy expenses on the business
Computers: Make It a Policy to Switch Off Whatever Can be Switched Off
Depending on the business and the company, switching off power to all computers may not exactly be an option, but all office computers on employee desks must be switched off before they leave.
Powering off is not the same as keeping them on standby, so ensure that you implement it as a policy for all computers to be switched off, unless there is a specific need for the particular machine to stay on. You would be surprised at how much of a power hog even that seemingly innocent laptop can be on standby when kept connected to a power outlet overnight.
What employees and even management forget at times is that even if the wasted units per laptop/desktop are minimal, in a commercial office of any kind filled with dozens of computers, it adds up pretty fast. The same rule is to be applied to copiers/printers, HVAC systems and every other electronic devices in general.
Insulation, Ventilation and Maintenance
Heating costs are profound in the UK across all sectors, second only to industrial processes. Therefore, by investing in proper insulation, adequate ventilation and regular maintenance of your HVAC system, you can bring down the major expense greatly. Take a look at the following tips for improving insulation and ventilation to reduce energy consumption.
Go Solar – Get a small to medium sized solar roof to cut down some of the massive need for heating power
Heat Recovery – Invest in a heat recovery system so that no one has to open a window and let out the bad smell during stuffy winter months inside the office
Double Glazing – If the office doesn’t have double glazing yet, you really should consider getting it as soon as possible, because that’s almost a default measure now
Many of the tips and tricks we just discussed can be considered relevant in manufacturing plants and warehouses as well, just as the solutions accompanying them.
Even if you manage to shave off a tiny bit from your monthly electricity bills by applying them, rest assured that it will turn into a big difference down the line and after a few, short years.
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