108 Quick, Energy Saving Tips For Your Office
Are Your Office Energy Bills Too High?
Need some advice on how to reduce them?..
Well, we're about to show you how.
By actioning any of these simple 108 action tips, you WILL save money on your energy bills, today!
Saving energy isn't just about helping you to save electricity or be more energy efficient.
It's also a great way to save money.
Whether you’re all about protecting the environment or cutting down on your utility bills, there are many ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use in the home or at work.
So, if your looking for some ways you can make your home or office more energy efficient, we've got some great news for you..
We've gone and put together a list of over 100 ways you can do so cheaply and easily!
1. Computer/ Laptop Hibernation Mode
Setting your desktop or laptops to hibernation mode at the end of the day will allow you to continue from wherever you left off, the following day. So go set a schedule for out of office hours and feel a little bit more green right now.. Go on, GO!
2. Create a Power Plan
This one speaks for itself really. There is an option is your control panel to ‘create a power plan’ which gives your desktop/ laptop permission to ‘save power where possible’.
Here’s the route you need to take - Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Create a Power Plan (Windows 7 users).
3. The Big Switch Off
A really simple, actionable point is to turn off office devices when they’re not in use.
This may include: printers, microwaves, lights, coffee machines.. the un-hatched baby chicks incubation unit, no wait.. never-mind.
4. Upgrade to Energy Star
It’s likely that you have heating or conditioning units in your office that are older than the new intern..
If this is the case, it’s likely that they could be wasting unnecessary power, which in-turn will be costing you money.
Upgrade your old heaters with a new Energy Star registered appliance
5. Energy Saving Features
Ensure you and your employees are aware of the energy saving features that are available on devices such as heaters, microwaves, air conditioners; printers etc.
This can reduce energy costs in your office, considerably!
Remove of any devices which don’t have this technology and replace with those that do.
6. USB Wall Chargers
Use USB chargers where possible, no need to waste more electricity using wall sockets.
FACT: It’s thought that many people believe that equipment such as laptops and desktops last longer if they are not turned off. This is false and leads people not to turn their devices off!
7. Consolidate Your Devices
Cut down the amount of devices you need to plug in when around your desk by consolidating them into one or two devices. For example, could your phone replace your camera, notepad, sat nav?
8. Energy Efficient Devices
Although devices which are built with energy efficiency in mind generally cost more upfront, don’t be discouraged as these devices will practically pay for themselves over a number of years.
9. Don’t Overuse Your Applications
Although you may have purchased a number of energy efficient devices and you feel all smug and green. This doesn’t give you the license to use them more than you previously would. What would be the point?
Just have in mind that nothing is for free! No matter what fancy gadgets you may possess.
10. Use “Free” daylight during the day & turn off the lights!
11. Maximise Laptop Savings by putting the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off.
The transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.
12. Buy a Laptop rather than desktops
Laptops use much less energy to run, resulting in log term savings
13. Switch Off Your Monitor
Monitors amount to around a third of the electrical usage of your entire computer system.
If you ever find yourself to be away from your computer for a period of time, turn off the monitor.
FACT: 75% of electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the component is turned off
14. Use Energy Saving Modes
Many people tend to leave their computer powered on overnight to avoid the lengthy boot-up process when they come back to use it again.
Alternatively, use the stand-by or Hibernate options within your computers “power options” (Windows) to make for a quick start-up and larger energy retention.
15. Buy Green
An apple, leaves, grass. Oh wait, computers, that’s right..
Next time you head out to purchase a new PC, consider purchasing a “green” model, which use a great deal lot less energy and have rechargeable components.
16. Turn Off Your Screensaver
Screensavers have become somewhat obsolete of late, as new LCD monitors don’t need screensavers at all.
Screensavers in-fact consume just as much energy as a normal in-use monitor.
17. PIMP Your PC
I suppose this goes for most appliances, regular maintainence of your computer can allow it to run more efficiently.
Over time your PC will create a build up of clutter and programs needlessly running. This requires your computer more “effort” to run, which generates a great deal more amount of heat, wasting more power.
18. Recycle or Donate Old Hardware
Computers do a lot of harm to the environment when they are thrown away, as some of their components contain toxic fluids
You can search for electronic recycling centres near you, via a quick google search
FACT: Turning off your monitor can save you between £20 - £60 over the course of a year.
19. Reduce your Monitors Brightness
Save a small percentage on your desktop or laptops energy output by reducing the brightness levels of your montior. A simple yet effective fix!
20. Use Rechargeable Batteries
Using rechargeable batteries for cordless phones and other battery powered devices are much more cost effective than throwaways. Plus this also reduces chemical waste.
21. Pull the Plug!
Believe it or not, devices will continue to use power when they are plugged into the wall, whether they are powered on or not, so consider unplugging any applications when they’re not in use.
22. Energy Star Appliances
Replace old appliances with Energy Star registered devices
23. Shady Plants
Planting or potting shady trees outside your office window can play some part in becoming an eco-friendly style cooling system for your office, which will save the need to bring out the fans or blast the air conditioning until during those hot, stuffy summer months.
24. Installing Solar Panels
Consider the installation of solar panels. Unless your office is located in the pits of a deep chasm in the North Pole, solar panels should defiantly be a consideration for your business. Although they can prove to be expensive to purchase initially, they basically pay for themselves after a couple of years use, saving your business a fortune in energy costs.
25. Defrost the Office Fridge
If your office fridge reminds you of something similar to the below, then it's time to turn that dial to defrost!
26. Cuppa Anyone?
Only boil the water you need when running the tea or coffee round. Don’t boil more water than you have to, for instance don’t boil a full kettle of water if you only plan on making a coffee for yourself. You sneaky little so ‘n’ so!
Alternatively, make the full coffee round in one go, rather than people boiling the kettle multiple times for their own teams round.
27. Bleed Radiators Regularly
28. Make Energy Saving a Group Effort
Making your business more energy efficient is not just solely down to the business owner. Hold group brain storming sessions to gain further opinions from your employees or colleagues on how your office could become more energy efficient.
You could also make it into some sort of healthy competition between floors in your building or even other local businesses. Compare your savings from the previous month, the loser buys the first round in the pub!
29. Tax Breaks for Energy Savers
Local governments are known to provide tax incentives when you purchase energy saving appliances for your business; as if you ever needed anymore excuses, although I’ve gone to the trouble of adding 78 more below, so please read on. Please.
30. Programmable Thermostat
Set your thermostat to adjust the temperature or switch off entirely after work hours. Controlling your air conditioning usage can lead to great amounts of energy saving.
31. Anyone Else Feel a Draft?
Small drafts can equate to a large portion of a business’s heating costs. Ensuring your company is properly sealed will eliminate drafts.
32. Control Your Temperature Gage
Just by keeping your cooling system by a degree either way in the summer and winter months can reduce the power used by up to 12%
33. Only Run the dishwasher with a full load
34. Lower Water Temp
Only set water temperature as hot as it’s needed (110 degrees) to save energy.
35. Water Heaters
Only buy the most efficient water heater you can afford.
36. Water Heater Blanket
Install insulation blankets on water heaters seven years of age or older.
37. Insulate first 3 feet of a heater’s “out” pipe on old and new units
38. Walk-in Refrigeration Servicing
Have large refrigeration units serviced at least once a year. This includes cleaning, lubrication of moving parts, adjustment of belts, This will aid towards efficient operation and a longer life span.
39. Service Fridges
Clean fridge coils twice a year and replace door gaskets if a £10 note can slip out between the door seals when closed.
40. Consider Replacing Your Windows
Your Windows can be a big offender in losing heat in your office during the winter months. This can prove to be really detrimental to your energy costs over the year.
Purchasing double pane windows with a strong vinyl frame as opposed to single framed wooden windows are likely to save you a great deal of money on your heating bills.
41. Set Your Water Heater Settings
By simply making slight adjustments to your water heaters by turning down to approx 120°F – 130°F, water doesn’t need to be any hotter than this to wash dishes in the office kitchen sink.
42. Insulate your Water Pipes
Ensure that you are using insulation for your hot water pipes, to ensure they are not losing heat quickly.
43. Close Those Windows While Air Conditioning/ Heating is in Use
This goes without saying really, you’ll only be wasting heat while your office windows are open
44. Draft Excluders
FACT: Studies show that it costs around 2.5p each time you boil a full kettle of water, wow!
45. Conduct an Energy Audit
Perform an energy audit of your business premises. I’d suggest hiring the services of a professional to carry out the process to ensure that no stone is left unturned or (heating left on overnight!).
46. Hold Back on the Print
Avoid printing where you can, to reduce paper wastage. Not only that but you’ll save not only printer ink, but also energy required to run your printer.
Alternatively, have a good old fashioned conversation or share documents over email. Welcome to the digital age ladies and gentlemen.
47. Vending Machine
Again, large devices like these take up not only a great deal of space but also chunk of electric energy. Use the fridge to cool drinks.
48. Automatic Door Closers
Although you need not rely on employees or customers to shut the front or back doors of your business, by installing an automatic door closer to minimise output of your heating system.
49. Carpet Flooring
Use carpet flooring in your office to preserve heat, minimising the need to run heaters for longer periods.
50. Packed Lunches
Encourage your employees to bring in packed lunches to save on excessive microwave usage.
51. Add Ceiling Insulation
Studies show that an un-insulated home loses 25% of heat through your roof. Including around 35% through your walls!
52. EPA’s Home Energy Yardstick
Although it’s geared towards the home, it can work just as well for your business. The EPA Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of your home’s (or business) annual energy usage, compared to similar homes. Simply just answer a few questions about your home or business.
53. Air-Conditioning Filters
Ensure than you regularly change the filters on office air-conditioning and heating units.
54. Purchase Portable Fans
Make use of portable fans to circulate air, rather than cranking up the dial on the air conditioner.
Fun fact: Try talking directly into a desk fan, close up; it makes you sound like an alien, cool huh?
55. Switch off Electrical Heaters at 20°
Due to portable electrical or fixed heaters using a great deal of electricity be sure to un plug them when they reach room temperature.
56. Consider a Tank-less Boiler
57. Natural Gas Heater
Replace an electric boiler with a natural gas boiler
58. Wash dishes in warm or cold water, rinse in cold
59. Close your stores shop front door
The fewer amount of warm air that escapes through your shop door, the less you'll need to warm it. Wow, this energy saving thing sure is easy!
60. Choose a light coloured roof to decrease heat transferred to the attic
61. Add a Durable Metal Roof
62. Anybody, no? Dust!
Dust can impair performance as it collects on lights and radiators.
63. Switch to LEDs
Make the change from high energy consuming incandescent light bulbs to energy saving, longer lasting LED bulbs.
Although LEDs may cost a certain degree more to purchase than their alternatives, you’ll find that LEDs will use around 75% less energy and last a great deal longer.. up to 10x longer in fact! (50,000 hours).
64. Switch Off any Unnecessary Lighting
Switch off lights when you’re not in the room, this can be the case for corridors, kitchen areas, meeting rooms or toilet facilities. It may not seem like much but it can certainly add up if electricity bills throughout the month/ year.
65. (Rechargeable) Battery Powered Cupboard Lights
Use battery powered lights in overhead cupboards. No need to have main light on during daylight hours.
66. Dimmer Lights
Consider purchasing lights with a dimmer functionality
67. Wall Paint
Use satin or semi gloss paint for the walls, this reflects light more effectively.
68. Install Sky Lighting
If you don’t already know, artificial lighting uses energy and therefore costs money. However! I have a secret, come closer, closer.. The Sun.
I know right, believe it or not using that big flaming fireball in the sky as your lighting source, by installing skylights, as opposed to artificial lighting, can actually save you a lot of money energy costs.
69. Motion Sensitive Lighting
Consider installing motion sensitive lighting for hallways or bathroom areas, which fade out when there’s no movement in that area for a certain period of time.
70. Consider a more eco-efficient company vehicle
Compare cars for fuel efficiency on the fuel economy website, here: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/compare
71. Think Ahead
Pay attention to the road in-front of you, avoid any harsh breaking or starting
72. Obey the Speed Limit
Not only does speeding effect your MPG, it’s extremely dangerous
73. Play Your Route
Plan Your route to meetings beforehand so your not left adding needless extra miles to your journey. Or just a Sat-Nav and take the quickest possible route.
74. Tune Up
Get regular maintenance checks of your vehicle, including cleaning of air filters will help your vehicle burn less fuel and prevent car trouble down the line.
75. Pump It Up
Ensure that your tyres and always inflated (check vehicle manual for optimal tyre pressures).
76. Junk In the Trunk
Yes, I’m talking about the car!.. Get rid of all that extra weight your carrying round in your car boot. It’s seriously affecting your fuel economy, man!
77. Take Public Transport
Consider challenging your employees to a competition of who can take public transport the most across the week or month (for those who normally drive). With prizes for the winner!
78. Reusable Air Filter
A reusable air filter is a good way to reduce waste as both packaging and filter is discarded.
79. Cut back on the AC
No, no, don’t worry ACDC won’t have any effect on your fuel efficiency. I’m talking about the Air-conditioning system of course. Try rolling down a window rather than being tempted to blast cold air into your car during the summer months.
80. Park in a Shaded Area
Try parking in the shade so that your car is cooler when you arrive back to it. Not just to minimise the use of your aircon, but it also keeping your car cool the less fuel evaporates.
81. Change your Oil
Keep your engine running smoothly. Make sure you use your car manufacturers recommended oil before you proceed. Or risk decreasing energy efficiency by 2%.
82. Choose an eco mechanic
If you find that the company car needs repairs of some kind, ensure that they are recycling where possible. i.e. tyres, batteries, motor oil can all be recycled.
FACT: Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel cost by 13 percent. Driving 55 mph saves 25 percent.
83. Opening your windows fully decreases your vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency
84. Cruise Control
Use cruise control to set a constant speed and reduce acceleration
85. Turn off your Car If you Expect to be Idle for 30 Seconds or more
86. Low Resistant Tyres
Tyre manufacturers have developed new ways to reduce the elastic delay that occus when a rubber circle which is under pressure, rolls. Which have the potential to save 100 litres of fuel compared to their counterpart.
87. Invest in an eco friendly, electric car
88. Vehicle Fuel Cap
Check your vehicles fuel cap. A cracked or loose fuel cap allows fuel to escape from your tank as a vapour. Wasting fuel and increasing emissions. Not to mention your petrol money!
89. Car Sharing
Find co-workers who live close to you and organise a car share system.
90. Eco Cleaners
When deciding to clean the inside or outside of the company car, be sure to use only eco friendly products. They cost about the same as regular, none green alternatives. So what’s your excuse, huh?
91. Filling Up
Remember, when the nozzle shuts off, stop. Your car isn’t thirsty anymore! Overfilling your tank can release harmful vapours into the environment and waste pennies.
92. Live Car Free!
Consider horse and cart to travel.. Okay, okay, this is not one for everyone, as I don’t expect anyone to make 100 mile journeys to work or meetings on foot or horseback for that matter. Although that would be pretty cool.
93. Virtual Meetings
Welcome to the 21st century people! Although we haven’t yet discovered hover boards or more disappointingly teleportation, there is such a thing as Skype, GoToMeeting & Google Hangouts; which basically allows us to hold meetings between 2 or more people across multiple countries meaning you can leave the car in the car park and hold meetings from within the office.
I can see the o-zone layer letting out a little smile already..
94. Allow Employees to work from Home
Give your employees the option to work from home every now and again. Less staff of course means less lighting, heating/ cooling systems are required.
There are also a number of networks out there which allow you to connect to your office network safely and securely.
95. Choose Countertops made from recycled materials i.e. Glass or Cork
96. Buy a Wind Turbine if you’re in a rural area
97. Opt for Cork Flooring
Cork is sourced from the cork tree (duh!). Amazingly, the tree is not cut down in order to gain these materials, the cork is mearly harvested from the bark, which then grows back every three years.
98. Consider Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Consider using recalimed wooden flooring for your office or home, not just because it looks fantastic, it's also recycled from old barn beams and housing supports. Meaning you're also doing your part for the environment.
99. Use unbleached paper for paper towels
Unbleached paper towels are made from 100% recycled paper, meaning your doing your bit to halt deforestation.
100. Decorating? Consider Milk Based Paint
Milk Paint (yes, you heared correctly) is not only safer for human use, it also contains high calcium grade lime, which in turn causes a reaction called carbonisation. Meaning that the paint itself will draw carbon dioxide from the air as it hardens.
101. Office Recycling Bin
Provide a separate bin for plastics, glass or tin cans and recycle the contents into the recycle bin at the end of the day. Recycle bins are available to request from your local government website.
102. Who’s Turn To Do The Washing Up?
Wait till the end of the working day to do all the dishes, rather than washing cups and dishes when you put them in the sink.
103. Water Cooler
Do you really need a water cooler? They use a great deal of electricity. Plus, tap water will be enough for most people.
104. Keep a jug of water in the fridge to avoid running the tap
105. Install a Save-a-Flush
Install a save-a-flush device if you have a single flush toilet.
FACT: 1/3 of our daily water usage is flushed down the toilet! @thewaterlabel https://twitter.com/TheWaterLabel/status/711860553694707712
106. Consider professional plumbing to recycle used water to toilet flushes.
107. Fix Leaks
Fix any dripping taps, leaking toilets or water machines to prevent water wastage, lowering your water bills in the process. (watersafe.org.uk to find a reputable plumber).
108. Use a bowl rather than a running tap and save up to £30 a year on energy bills
With what seems like weekly news of how we all need to improve the way we go about our daily lives in order to help reduce the damage we leave behind for future generations to deal with.
What better way to start than to take a couple of the above tips as a kick start to help reduce your carbon footprint.