Running a business costs money, and maximizing profits relies on keeping costs down and budgeting carefully. Many countries in the world are experiencing huge increases in their energy costs due to many political factors currently occurring in various parts of the world.
While it’s always a good idea to reduce your overall carbon footprint in order to minimize your impact on the environment, there’s also the effect it will have on your ongoing business costs.
Here are some things you can do to reduce your energy bills in the office.
Window tinting is often used on windows to give a little extra privacy. After all, you don’t want everyone to be able to look at you. But there’s more to commercial window tinting than that. Another great benefit is that can prevent overheating in the office, meaning that your air conditioning doesn’t have to work so hard.
Smart technology is available widely now. In fact, many homes now are now considered smart homes as you can run various appliances, and systems are controlled from an app or smart speaker.
This can work well in the office too. You can use your system to keep your energy use down. No longer do you have to rely on someone to switch everything off in the evening. Usually, someone will forget and you can be running lights, air-con and other office equipment all evening and weekend.
You can set systems to come on only between certain hours and can control everything from off-site if you need to. It’s also a good idea to connect some things to smart plugs so that you don’t need to leave them on standby. This works particularly well for things like photocopiers and TV screens.
Plug Any Gaps
If your office is draughty, heat will escape through the gaps and you’ll find yourself continually reheating the office. Just like you would at home, ensure that any gaps in windows and doors are sealed.
Service Your Heating and Air Conditioning
Keeping your systems in working order means they don’t have to work as hard to keep your office at the right temperature. Having them serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions will make them work more efficiently and cost you less.
Buy Energy-Efficient Equipment
Older electric items aren’t particularly energy-efficient. Just running them can really rack up your bills. Think about replacing any very power-hungry equipment with efficient models and check the energy use of anything that you buy.
Swap to Energy-Efficient Bulbs
Up to 35% of energy is used on lighting in the average office. Think of how many light fittings and lamps are in your office and you could make substantial energy savings. LED bulbs are extremely energy efficient compared to other types. Swap them out and start making immediate cost savings.
Many business owners are worried about how they’re going to make their budgets stretch in the face of rising energy costs and don’t want to pass these on to customers. By taking some remedial steps and making some changes, then you can make a lot of savings which can offset some of the price rises.