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Top Tips for Business Energy Efficiency

It’s all well and good using our acclaimed comparison engine to get your business onto the cheapest possible tariffs, but you still need to practice good standards of energy efficiency in order to keep your bills as low as possible and of course, help the environment. The latest Energy Guide from Love Energy Savings looks to give you some top advice on good energy housekeeping in the workplace.

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Whether you run a business or are simply a conscientious employee, taking measures to improve energy efficiency at work can have benefits for everyone. Not only does this improve your company’s bottom line but it also has real advantages for the environment. It may sound a bit anal,

 First of all, ask yourself these quick questions:

  • Do you only print and/or photocopy when it is completely necessary?
  • Do you always print the whole document at work, when you only need some of it?
  • Do you print documents when they can easily be emailed via PDF or transferred into a flash drive?
  • Could you reduce unwanted post by returning junk mail to the sender and asking them to remove you from their mailing list?
  • Is your printer set to print on both sides, to reduce the amount of paper you are using?

All of these things may sound silly and you aren’t in the minority if you do all of the above, but they can save your business large amounts of money on an annual basis. If you are in charge at your workplace, why not put up a sign or send around an email asking employees to be mindful of these criteria?

Printing Etiquette

Staying on the theme of printing, which is one of the biggest areas when it comes to wasting resources in the workplace, why not try to get more onto each page? In order to do this, there are a few quick and easy settings you can adjust to ensure that if you absolutely have to print, you can get the maximum onto each precious piece of paper. Remember, paper comes from trees!

  • Print “two-up”. This is two pages on one sheet
  • Increase the margins of the page so they are nearer to the edge of your paper.
  • Make the font size as small as possible. We don’t want you squinting, but often the default font is too large
  • Set your printer to economy or fast, this will be fainter but will use far less ink, which can also help your business to become more energy efficient.

Energy Efficiency

Re-Use Your Paper

Of course we would recommend the shredding and/or recycling of all of the wasted paper in your office or workplace, but why not re-use it as scrap paper? We may all prefer our fancy Pukka pads or organisers, but why not use scrap printer paper for jotting your ideas and notes down? Often, no one else has to see these scribblings and you can really do your bit for the environment and your business’ bottom line. Of course, you cant be going into client meetings or presentations with these scraps, but if it just your tasks for the day or some rough ideas, why not re-use that printer or photocopier paper?

Leaking Energy & Money for Your Business

Whether you are in charge of your business or you're an employee, there is nothing to be achieved from wasting energy and therefore money; and also harming the environment. If you are the last person to leave of an evening, why not make it your job to ensure that all monitors, printers and photocopiers are switched off? Just one typical photocopier left on overnight wastes enough electricity to make up to 5,000 copies, just think how much of your business energy this is wasting and how much this could add to profits over let’s say, one year!

Take a look at the Love Energy Savings Top Tips for Conserving Energy at Work

  • Turn off your monitor if you know you are going to be away from your desk for 15 minutes or more. Don’t rely on screensavers or sleep modes, there is no substitute for just turning it off!
  • Turn everything off at the end of the day, modern machines take no time to boot up and besides anything else, it’s better for your computer anyway. One laptop or desktop left on overnight wastes enough electricity to print 800 pieces of A4 paper.
  • If it’s your round to make the brews, only fill it with enough water for your needs. Even if you just overfill the kettle by around 2 cups and do this three times a week, you are wasting nearly 6kW of your business’ precious energy, which is serious cash.
  • If you can get your company to invest in an urn or water dispenser instead of a kettle, then do so. This only heats the water you need and also makes making the teas and coffees ever so quicker.
  • Report or fix and faulty doors and windows, there is no point preserving this energy for it to go straight outside.
  • It’s an obvious one, but make sure lights are switched off in rooms which aren’t in use around the business.
  • If you have noticed that a room in your workplace is always far too warm, why not get this sorted? Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will also save energy for your business.
  • If there are any obstructions to radiators in your workplace, this should be resolved. This will be having an adverse effect on the heat getting around the business.
  • Avoid the use of portable electric heaters at work, these massively drain energy and also cost a fortune.
  • Finally, make sure that all other appliances and devices are switched off at the wall when not in use. Some of the culprits you may not think of, which drain serious electricity are mobile phones and microwaves.

Again, some of these sound very trivial but by adhering to these rules or ensuring that your workforce does, substantial business energy and therefore cash can be saved.

What Can Be Recycled At Work?

There are most probably all sorts of materials around the business, which you didn’t realise could be recycled. One thing worth mentioning however, is that you should never take in items from home to recycle at work, you will have you own facilities. This can often have serious implications from the council for your place of work. Here is our list of some recommended recyclable items:

  • Cardboard from deliveries etc
  • Scrap paper (which has been used on both sides)
  • Cans and tins from lunch
  • Printer and toner cartridges (there are often incentives for recycling these)
  • Magazines, junk mail and newspapers
  • Plastic bottles

Water of Life

Finally, water is something we take for granted in this country. Many nations can’t even rely on fresh running water but we use it like it’s going out of fashion. Why not take a minute to think about your water consumption?

  • Only boil the amount of water you need, this will speed up the process as well!
  • Make sure all taps are turned off and drips are repaired
  • Turn off urns and electric water heaters when not needed and at night
  • If taps are excessively hot, you may need to take a look at resolving this as unnecessary energy will be being used.

There you have it. The only guide you need for addressing energy efficiency in the workplace. Not only will these steps reduce your business gas and electricity bills, but you can also do your bit for the planet. What’s more, customers love businesses which are green and take the environment seriously. Follow these steps and we are confident that you will start reaping the benefits in no time.

Of course, there is no point in saving all this energy of you are on the wrong business energy tariff in the first place. Why not take advantage of our free energy comparison tool to see how much you can save on your gas and electric? We can also help you to get switched over in no time and will not charge you a single penny, it’s a no brainer!