We are approaching the festive season once again. Christmas is a time of happiness, but it can also be the cause of stress for many. Once it comes to your energy bills, the Christmas lights that bring some cosiness to your business premise can quickly turn smiles into frowns. To keep the festive feeling alive within the office and to save you being called scrooge, eyebright have come up with energy saving tips for your office or shop.
#1 – Switch to LEDs
LED lights use 90% less than regular bulbs. You can replace all standard bulbs within your office or shop with LED lights and even use them throughout the year. LED lights are becoming increasingly more popular for decoration and one of the best benefits is that you can keep them timed. So, when nobody is in the office, they will automatically turn off, saving your business even more energy.
#2 – Turn it off
Even though you are excited about leaving the office over the Christmas period, don’t rush home. Make sure that everything such as, printers, computers, photocopiers and non-essential equipment is off at the socket. This one seems like a turkey shoot. However, it is often forgotten about once it comes to closing time. It doesn’t matter if you have ‘shut down’ your PC as being left on standby will still use at least 90% of the energy of a switched-on device.
#3 – Fibre Optic Decorations
There is a high chance that your business will want to get into the festive spirit and what better way than getting a tree. Fibre optic trees are the ultimate way to energy efficient. Fibre optic trees don’t have loads of bulbs or high consumption, a lot of the time there is just one bulb within the bottom of the tree to light the full decoration.
#4 – Lights out
If you aren’t in a room, then you don’t need the lights on either. Many businesses are guilty of having the lights on in every room even if they aren’t in use. This includes rooms such as bathroom, kitchen, staff rooms, and meeting rooms. Even, if you do have a busy day in front of you where the meeting room will constantly be in use: Turning the lights off for short periods in between use can save you up to £4 a year on energy consumption that could finance the jar of Christmas cookies you keep in the kitchen for everyone.
#5 – Office involvement
Running a business can be hard enough, never mind trying to keep the costs of your energy bills down. Making sure everyone is involved is a sure way to decrease the stress. A politely worded email to all the office employees to remind them is a proven tactical approach, or if you want to take it one step further make it game, who in the office can be the ‘energy champion’. This approach can save your business money and be entertaining for the employees. And before you forget: If the cleaners are the ones who are usually last in the office, make sure you tell them to pull the plug.
If you would like to find out more on how to save your businesses energy bills all year round. Just get in touch and we will be happy to help.