There are every day changes we can make to our offices that can really improve energy efficiency. Here are some top tips from Ryan Hirst, who writes for kitchen and office fitters www.eurofitdirect.co.uk
When we hear about being more ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘energy efficient’ we usually think about improvements we can make within our homes, but not so many people think about the changes we can make in and around the office.
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to make your home office greener, or the larger office at work, there are always things we can do to help. Within this article I intend to give you three very useful tips in order to make your office more energy efficient.
Checking the temperature
Regardless of being in your home office or work office, you will definitely make use of the heating or cooling systems available to you. Within these two systems you could save yourself so much energy by being a bit more aware of the consequences.
Heat energy is lost constantly during the day, so it is vital that you do the most you possibly can to save it. By keeping your thermostat at a constant room temperature – below 66°f and above 73°f – it will roughly save you between four per cent and six per cent over the course of a year.
Another strange-sounding, but very effective technique, is to shade your windows when you are in direct sunlight, and do the opposite when not. If you do this you will be able to maintain a constant temperature in your room, allowing you to save energy on your heating bills. The trick here is using the heat that the sun provides to either shield it from the room, or allow it to fill the room, which means you are less likely to have to turn heating or air conditioning on to combat what the sun is offering.
Most modern day offices are equipped with an air conditioning system, unless it is really warm or extremely cold, think about keeping it off. If you can do this for just one or two hours each day you will not only save money – but also energy and in essence, the environment.
Reducing, reusing and recycling
The term ‘reducing, reusing and recycling’ is something that we should all take into consideration in and around the office. It means thinking more about what you are doing than just simply throwing your old paper into the bin – although you don’t have to stop doing that – the mantra simply means think about the things you use, all the time.
Think about everyday things that you take for granted such as the amount of reusable cups you throw away each day at your water dispenser. Do you even need those cups? Or could you just use the same mug that you drink your coffee out of?
Paper is the biggest waste in an office – think about using paper, which you have only used one side of, again for telephone notes or cut it up and use them instead of post-it notes. You can also issue a new office policy of only printing items that need printing, use electronic filing for documents, and encourage emails between staff instead of costly memos and notes.
Switch it ‘off’
In every office there are many electrical appliances – some that are used consistently such as our computers or the phone – others not so much, such as the fax machine or the scanner.
There will be many hours during each day and night that these electrical components will not be used, so it is a good idea to introduce company policies to remember to turn off these items – especially enforcing computers and printers are turned off at the end of the working day – In an average sized office, each year on average we waste between £650 – £750 by not turning items off at the end of the day.