The New Year has arrived, and with the holiday season coming to an end you may find yourself looking back at and re-evaluating your life choices in 2016. It’s time to renew your New Year’s resolutions…

In addition to your personal resolutions that may be made up of the usual losing weight, eating healthier or learning a new skill – what if you chose to include having a positive impact on the environment by practicing energy efficiency in your workplace in 2017?

As the new business year begins, both employers and employees will find themselves spending large amounts of time in the workplace. Working long days and having a wealth of different energies operating throughout the working week will prove both inefficient and costly.

Here are five simple energy efficiency measures to practice in the workplace this year.

1) Adjust the temperature

Make sure you stay in control of your heating and cooling. By keeping your office temperature 1°C down during winters and 1°C up during summers, you can reduce the power you use by up to 10 per cent.

You probably won’t notice the 1°C change in temperature, but you will notice the savings on your next bill!

2) Let your devices snooze

Turning off your workstations when away for long periods of time and shutting down at the end of the day are crucial in saving energy and lowering bills. When in sleep mode, your computer enters a low power state, but while hibernating it uses no power at all.

You can make use of the hibernation feature in desktops and laptops that allow you to save your existing work as it is and you can continue from the exact same point the next day. You can schedule your workstation to switch to hibernation mode after working hours and during weekends.

3) Switch to energy-saving lighting

Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs of the same brightness will save around £3 a year, or £45 over the lifetime of the product, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Not only do these bulbs last longer, but also use about 75 per cent less energy than standard light bulbs.

4) Look out for the energy label

The EU Energy label, rates products from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient. Products that are required to display this label include: washing machines, washer-dryers, tumble dryers, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, electric ovens, energy-saving light bulbs and air conditioners.

When you buy new equipment for your business, make sure to look out for the energy star label – ensuring energy efficiency is built in.

 5) Install a smart meter

By installing a smart meter, you’ll have accurate information about your energy consumption. You will be able to identify and understand your energy use and know exactly what you’re paying for when your supplier sends you a bill.

By implementing these simple energy efficient steps into your working environment, not only will you be cutting down on costs each month, but you’ll also be promoting a healthy environment within your own workplace.

 Sources:

http://tools.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Electricity/Lighting

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/20-energy-saving-tips-reduce-business-energy-costs.php

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/sleep-mode-vs-hibernate-mode-which-power-saving-mode-should-you-use/

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