Saving power can be one of the most basic and effective ways of improving your business’ profitability. A few well-planned power saving changes can help reduce your energy bills, conserve energy as well as reduce carbon pollution. When you set these measures in place, you should also train your staff on energy saving and encourage them to do their bit as well. The more power you save, the more profitable your company can be. Here are a few excellent ways to start reducing the power consumption in your business:
#1 Avoid wastage
You can easily cut down 75% of the total heat loss on your property, by closing the doors to warmer areas/rooms on hotter days and the doors to colder areas/rooms on the cooler days. Making sure that your building is well insulated; and installing draught excluders can prove to be quite cost-effective. Keeping the windows and doors closed when the air conditioning or heating is running will also help save on costs.
#2 Keep a handle on your cooling and heating
Simply reducing heating temperatures on your property by 1°C in the winter can help cut your heating bill by about 8%. It’s a good idea to open up the curtains, blinds or shades on sunny days and turn the heaters off. In the warmer months, setting your HVAC systems’ temperature just 1°C higher than normal can reduce the power it utilises by up to 10%. Positioning your thermostats away from direct sunlight and draughty air ensures they are accurate.
#3 Minimise the number of artificial lights and replace existing fixtures with more energy-efficient options
Make sure you have clean glass doors, windows and skylights; this helps more natural light stream into the indoor spaces and reduces the amount of artificial light you have to use in your business and the overall amount you end up spending on lighting.
If your staff is working only in one part of a space or room (especially after office hours or on weekends), make sure that only the lights in that area are switched on. Label all the switches on your property; that helps your staff turn on only the ones that are required; put one of your staff in charge of ensuring that all the lights are turned off a the end of the day. You can also install motion and presence light sensors to turn the lighting systems on and off. Replace all your standard bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs; these are 80% more energy-efficient than traditional lighting solutions.
#4 Use energy saving installations
Most electronic and electric office equipment such as photocopiers and printers have certain energy saving capabilities. Train your staff members on how to use all these features.
#5 Switch off all office equipment and devices when not in use
Even a single monitor or computer left on round-the-clock can result in an expense of over $200 annually. Switching off all the PCs, printers and other peripherals will help conserve energy and you will see a noticeable drop in your energy bills. You could also install 7-day timers to ensure that all the equipment such as photocopiers and printers are turned off overnight as well as on weekends. Buy energy star rated equipment and appliances as they consume far less energy than non-energy star rated equipment.
Make sure all your electronic and electrical systems and equipment are well maintained. A properly-maintained AC and heating system will function more efficiently than one that’s poorly-maintained. This also saves energy and running costs.
For effective and sustainable cost reduction solutions & efficiencies that will increase your bottom line, contact the experts at Benchmark Cost Solutions at this number – 02 9525 0777. If you prefer, write to us at this email address, and we will revert quickly.
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