‘Eco-friendly’ is a term we are seeing more and more around the home, but what can we do to make our offices friendlier for the environment? Regardless of it being a home office or a larger office at work, we can all look for energy saving ideas and techniques to make us more eco-friendly.
In this article I intend to give you 3 cost effective and eco-friendly tips you can use in your office, to help save money.
In and around your office there will be many electrical components, some that are used for most of the day, for example your computer or printer, and others that aren’t used so regularly such as your scanner.
There will be some point during the day that every piece of electrical equipment will be not used (usually during the night if you work during the day). And this is when you can waste much of your electricity and more importantly money! By leaving these gadgets on standby, each year we are wasting £700 – £800 worth of electricity from this mistake. It’s very simple to solve – just turn it off when you leave the room at the end of the day.
It really is the easiest way to save money, you could make your office so much more eco-friendly over a period of time by sticking to this – but more importantly for yourself, the electric bills will be lower throughout the year.
Within your workplace, whether a home office or in fact your work building, you will undoubtedly have heating and cooling system, and this is another place in which you will consume so much energy over long periods of time.
Shading your windows from direct sunlight along with keeping your thermostat at a constant temperature are two ways in which you will save energy.
Keep your thermostat at below 68°f when it is cold and above 75°will generally save you between 4%-6% in heating energy. Although this may sound wrong, just by simply shading your windows that are in direct sunlight and vice versa when they are not will keep your office at the temperature you desire.
Most modern offices have air conditioning systems to keep a constant temperature throughout the day without giving it a second thought. If you can turn the air conditioning off when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold you can help save money and the environment. Obviously if the temperature drops or increases you can use these systems to regulate the temperature again. But leaving it off for a couple of extra hours a day will save you money, and don’t forget when you leave the office at the end of the day to turn it off again.
When it comes down to the light bulbs you use in and around the office you probably don’t realise how much energy and money you could really save yourself. It couldn’t be simpler to make the move; all you have to do is switch your usual light bulb for energy efficient ones.
Did you know that in a bulbs lifetime you could save up to £30 just by using an energy efficient one instead of your average bulb? So with that said you could theoretically save yourself a good few hundred quid a year without having to do anything you wouldn’t normally do.
The light bulb you should be looking for are named Compact Fluorescent light bulb (CFL). Your normal incandescent light bulb will on average use 66% more energy in its lifetime than any energy efficient one, so in the long run you will save yourself a lot of cash.
If you or your boss feels that making the switch over to energy efficient bulbs will cost too much in one go, just buy a few now, so that when the next bulb goes out you can replace it with an efficient bulb and slowly work your way through the office.
By taking these 3 simple methods you could save you or your boss money in and around the office – whilst more importantly contributing to the environment by creating much more of an eco-friendly office for you and your staff.