Whether you are a business owner or property manager, it’s likely you’re always looking for ways to increase efficiency and cut costs to improve the bottom line. One of the more important and sustainable ways to do this is to focus on saving energy at the office. This will help your business or property to reduce excessive electricity bills whilst at the same time improve your environmental footprint.
So, consider the following tips to save electricity:
1. Fix and upgrade the lighting
Upgrading your commercial building or office lighting systems, is a great way to reduce your energy usage.
We find many commercial buildings and offices have great lighting control systems in place but are not utilising them. All you have to do is drive over the Harbour Bridge in the evening, look left and right at all the buildings and see how many offices leave their lights on 24/7.
If you are noticing this in your workplace, call us at Rotric and we can send out an electrician to site to adjust your lighting control system to ensure its operating as it should be and the lighting is switched off when no one is onsite.
Alternatively, if there is no lighting control system in place – consider an upgrade.
Upgrading your office lighting to the latest, most efficient office lighting systems can save a massive amount of electricity and money:
First, install motion-sensitive lighting in areas that aren’t in constant use, like conference rooms, restrooms, parking areas and breakrooms. This removes the problem of forgetful team members not turning off the lights. After a predetermined amount of time without detecting any motion in a certain area, the system automatically shuts the lights off, thereby saving you up to 80 percent in lighting costs.
Also, consider a switch to the most efficient commercial building lighting options. Upgrading to LED lights can reduce the lighting portion of your electric bills significantly—to the tune of at least 60 percent.
LED lighting lasts considerably longer and requires less maintenance over the long haul, there’s no lamps or tubes to change so it’s a wise choice for many applications in your office and commercial buildings.
2. Take advantage of power management settings on office equipment
Make sure you set all office computers, printers and other equipment (dishwashers) to the most efficient energy saving modes.
3. Don’t take automated power management for granted
As great as it is to set power management defaults for your office equipment and other electrical systems, it’s important to check them on a regular basis as these controls can get reset or overridden from time to time. Set a reminder to check power saving settings throughout your commercial buildings and offices each month or quarter and especially during seasonal changes, to make sure all appliances are set to the most energy-efficient setting on a regular basis.
4. Use cloud-based hosting instead of maintaining a server room
With cloud data hosting becoming more secure, affordable and prevalent these days, its important to consider the benefits of doing away with your server room and hosting your PC’s and networks offsite. There are many benefits to be had:
- Huge reduction in energy, no servers to power or HVAC System to cool servers
- No need to update or replace redundant hardware
- Many of the cloud based providers offer enhanced security and guarantees over your data than what is possible onsite.
5. Maintain and keep motors and HVAC systems updated
It’s important to have your motors synchronised and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) systems checked and maintained to ensure they operate at their most efficient capacities. When these systems are working harder than they need to, they consume more power and incur increased wear and tear.
6. Utilise energy-saving settings on the thermostat
It’s important to have energy-efficient, programmable thermostats installed in your commercial buildings and to have management make the call on the most energy efficient settings at different times of the year. Encouraging employees who run hot to bring a small fan for their cubicle while encouraging employees who run cold to bring an extra layer simply makes good energy sense. You can’t keep everyone happy with the thermostat. And while you’re at it, make sure you’re not heating or cooling any rooms that don’t need it.
7. Call your commercial electrician for an energy audit
Rotric’ s commercial electrical services team can undertake a site inspection of your office or building to identify even more energy-saving opportunities. Every office is unique, so a tailored look can help you identify ways to save energy at the office that you may have overlooked before. Contact us today to schedule an energy-saving office evaluation: 02 9958 1043