Becoming more environmentally friendly and energy efficient is something as a country we maybe aren’t doing enough of. We always look for ways that we can improve these things around the home but not as much in the office. In this article I intend to explain how we can make our office more energy efficient.
When I say office this doesn’t have to be your big office at work either; in fact it can also be the home office you are working from most of the time. Throughout I will give you some useful tips to help with making your office or offices more energy efficient.
Reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible
In and around any office we should try to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible, we need to start taking into consideration things we do on a daily basis that could make a difference, it doesn’t have to be huge changes.
When you use a piece of paper, think about do you really need to throw it away? If so ensure you recycle it. If not then could use reuse it and use it as scrap paper, for notes etc. Also do you really need to use it? All these small considerations make a difference.
The term reduce, reuse and recycle is all about thinking before you use something. For example how many times a day do you use a new cup at the water dispenser? Do you need to use a cup at all? Or could you just use the same one you drink your cups of tea from? Try to reduce the amount you use every day, even if it means just using one.
Back to my first statement and paper. Paper is known to big the most wasted item in any office space, and if you have the authority to do so why not set a rule of only printing documents that are vital? I would also advise you start to encourage electronic filing day in day out, as well as asking staff to communicate through email, which is obviously waste free.
Something that is more seen overseas is a refusing policy. This is something that can in fact not only save company money but for obvious reasons improve their carbon footprint. By having a policy in which you refuse to buy equipment until it is actually been proven that it is needed, your company could see huge improvements.
Turn the ‘off’ button off
Within every single office there are so many pieces of electrical equipment that are used on a regular basis and also there are some that are hardly ever used. Things like the computer or the phone are used a lot more regularly then things such as the photocopier or the scanner.
But no matter what there will be many hours in which nothing is being used, at the end of the day for example. When we think about how many pieces of equipment there are that could be turned off it is easy to imagine why we waste in the average size office between £500-£1000 every year, through electricity bills.
Checking the temperature in the office
Whether it being a home office or your work office one thing that will be in use probably as much as any other is the heating and cooling systems you have available to you. By taking more notice of how often you are using these you could save yourself or your company a substantial amount of money in the long term.
Throughout the day energy is constantly being lost through heat and it is vital you do what you can too not only save money but look after our planet. I would advise that you try and keep the temperature of your office above 73°f and below 85°f at all times. This technique could save you as much as 7% on your energy bills annually.