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How Irish Businesses Can Save Energy In The Workplace

May 16

Saving energy is great for the environment and great for your bottom line. Therefore, it's certainly worth investing some time and thought into how you can reduce the amount of energy you use on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Read on for some practical tips that your business can follow.

Irish Business Can Save Energy

How Irish Businesses Can Save Energy In The Workplace

Saving energy is great for the environment and great for your bottom line. Therefore, it's certainly worth investing some time and thought into how you can reduce the amount of energy you use on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Read on for some practical tips that your business can follow.

 

Lighting

Ensure that you install energy-saving fluorescent bulbs in desk lamps. These bulbs use approximately a quarter the energy used by incandescent bulbs and are up to ten times more durable. Keep the bulbs and light fixtures clean to remove dust and maximise light output. Be sure to turn off lights when leaving the office, conference room, bathroom, or other rooms in the business building. Consider installing motion sensor switches on lights in places with less traffic such as supply closets.

 

Computers and Electrical Equipment

Turn off all office equipment such as computers, monitors, printers and others when not in use, especially overnight and on weekends. Disconnect all electrical equipment on power strips, which turn off power supply completely. Electronics use small amounts of electricity when on stand-by and even when the equipment has been turned off, so disconnect anything that's not essential.

Consider purchasing smart electricity sensors that automatically turn off electrical equipment when they are not in use. Avoid using screen savers because they do not conserve electricity. Instead, set the computer monitor to turn off automatically when it is not in use. If you are an employer, consider providing employees laptops because they use 80 percent less electricity than desktop computers.

 

Heating and Air Conditioning

Undertake regular cleaning of air vents to rid them of paper and debris, which can overwork the system. During the cold season, dress in layers and sit away from cold windows to adapt to office temperature. When at home, draw in curtains and close blinds to reduce heat loss.

Avoid using air conditioning during warmer seasons, use fans instead. Close the blinds to block direct sunlight that can heat up the room. Employers may consider installing locked thermostat covers to maintain steady room temperatures and prevent employees from changing the settings.

 

Conduct An Energy Audit

Conducting regular energy meter readings and analysing your energy use over a period of months is a great idea - just remember to consider external factors such as particularly good or bad weather etc. If your business produces tangible products, attempt to measure the amount of energy used to create each unit. You may be able to identify patterns and areas where you could potentially make savings.

To help you identify these patters you may wish to purchase some helpful equipment such as Power Meters or Remote Controlled Plugs

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

These are important energy conservation concepts that can be used in the workplace. Set up recycle bins in the workplace. Make sure you have different types of recycle bins for paper, aluminium, and plastic.

Maximise the use of paper by printing double-sides and reusing paper that has been printed only on one side. Avoid printing emails unless necessary. If possible, use reusable silverware, plates, and cups. If you prefer using non-reusable products, purchase ones with the highest post-consumer recycled content.

Companies that enforce energy conservation measures help in conserving the environment and improving their bottom line. The measures may seem inconsequential but they have significant effects.

There are a whole range of practical energy saving solutions that you can employ at your business. To find out more, contact our energy efficiency team at [email protected]

 

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