Save Energy: That a business is profitable is the most important point for any entrepreneur. If we want the balance between income and expenses to give us a positive balance, we will not only have to try to save on the company’s production processes or restructure it to make it more profitable, but we will also have to take into account aspects such as saving energy in the office and in the rest of the company’s facilities.
Tips to save energy in the office
Next, we are going to see some tips to save on the electricity bill , but not only taking into account the monetary costs, but also considering the environmental costs (which end up being translated into monetary costs). In any case, companies have to be responsible and aware of the ecological problems to which we contribute and which we also suffer.
Between 10 and 20 percent of the total expenses of a company are due to lighting, so the possibility of installing more profitable and efficient lighting systems to control electricity consumption and reduce consumption must be taken into account .
Natural light is essential. We can make the most of the sunlight by placing the furniture so that daylight enters through the window and having the lights on all the time can be avoided. Turning off the lights and regulating the flow of light to avoid unnecessary expenses is another good measure. In addition, we recommend the use of energy-saving light bulbs, since they have a longer life and pollute much less.
Air conditioning is very important for the team work comfortably in the office, but the same problem always exists in office buildings : in one part of the building it is colder and in another it is too hot, which causes complaints. It is very complicated with air conditioning systems to maintain an ideal temperature for all employees. One degree more or one degree less is a significant expense in the office, so trying to use automatic dimmers that turn on a little before the start time and turn off when the workday ends is a possible solution that contributes to energy savings. .
In the case of using air conditioning, we can try to ensure that the temperature is not lower than 24º C. If not, the devices will have to consume more energy to reach the desired temperature, which triggers the electricity bill . A well insulated office will keep the heat and cold much better and we will be able to avoid overexploitation of the acclimatization systems.
Saving measures in the office
Shut down office equipment completely. It is not enough just to turn off the tower, but also the monitors. If the computer screen is still on, it is currently consuming power. Remember that if there is any light on, it means that the equipment is not properly turned off, so turn it off.
Power strips with switches are a great idea to save energy . They are cheap and will allow us to turn off those computers or screens that some clueless person may have left on quickly and easily.
We have already mentioned it before: change the type of lights. Incandescent or halogen bulbs are out of fashion — and their sale is now prohibited — so buy LED bulbs. Although the price is more expensive, you will end up amortizing the investment. Check their energy labeling .
If no one is in an area, turn off all the lights. Yes, it seems easy, but there are many cases in which we leave all the lights on as we go.
Finally, we also recommend that an energy manager be appointed . It is true that all employees should be aware of the problems (environmental and economic) linked to energy expenditure, but it never hurts to appoint someone to ensure that the rules are met and to be in charge of remembering the advice from time to time. that have been given in the preceding paragraphs.
In short, if we become aware of the ecological problems that we can avoid with our actions within the company and we explain to the employees the new measures that are going to be taken in order to save energy —and the reasons why they have been taken— as well as promote the use of renewable energies , we will be able to improve the energy efficiency of our office, reduce expenses and be more consistent with the environment.