Skip to content

By saving energy in the office, you’ll help to reduce consumption and ultimately save money. By implementing integrated ways to lower kWh cost into your office design, you’ll help to create a cleaner, greener and more inspiring workspace which could help boost productivity too.

office from ACI

Saving energy is one of the simplest ways to lower business costs. Even the smallest of changes can have a huge impact in the face of the increasing kWh cost crisis. With these five tips, your business should be able to become more energy-efficient and save money on utility bills.

Get your staff involved

Effective energy saving requires the efforts of everybody within the structure of your business. Try to foster a culture where employees can create suggestions and implement energy-saving measures using their own initiative.

Switch to an environmentally-friendly workspace

By utilising natural light and refurbishing your office to be more energy-efficient, you could beat the rising kWh cost. An innovative refurbishment expert could help you transform your existing space into a more inspiring, eco-friendly office.

“One of my number one tips for an eco-friendly office would be to go as paperless as possible. The average office worker gets through a worrying 10,000 sheets of printer paper annually, 6,800 of which go to waste. What may seem like a quick convenience, adds up to create a big impact. Employees should also ensure electrical appliances are turned off at the end of the day. For forgetful employees, install a smart timer for lights and thermostats or use motion-activated lighting. Findings show that a laptop that has been left on for eight hours emits up to 88kg of CO2 a year. However, when left on standby mode, the power consumption plummets by a third.”

Nick Pollitt, Managing Director, Diamond Interiors

pc room from ACI

Turn equipment off when not in use

On average, electronic items left on standby will use one kWh for every 1,000 hours they are plugged in. Over the course of a year, this amounts to nearly 9kWh per device. Always ensure that you turn off computers, laptops, monitors, televisions and other items when they are not in use.

Reduce your thermostat

If you reduce your office heating temperature in the winter by just one degree, you could cut your business utility bill by up to 8%. While you don’t want your staff to freeze, why not transform your workspace to be more energy efficient by installing insulation? This could allow you to turn the thermostat down without sacrificing temperatures in the workplace.

Shop around for the best energy deals

Despite the best efforts of Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, wholesale energy prices are set to increase. However, it is expected that energy providers will soon be in fierce competition to retain existing customers or win new ones. It may be helpful to shop around regularly for the best business energy deals. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with suppliers to beat the kWh cost increase.

Conclusion

While businesses are facing challenging times, with these tips you should be able to help reduce your energy bills and allow your revenues to go further. Remember, even the smallest changes can have a cumulative impact on the cost of your utilities, so always be on the lookout for ways to be more energy-efficient in the workplace.