Energy saving guide for offices
When working in an office, simple actions like switching off IT equipment, using energy-saving bulbs and the correct setting of room temperatures could cut office energy bills by up to 20%, according to the Carbon Trust.
- Encourage everyone to use lights only when necessary.
For instance, when less staff are working switch off lights that aren’t needed.
- Make it clear which lights should be left on. For example,
you might choose to light your main office entrance all the time,
whereas the board room should only be lit when the room’s in use.
when the room is in use.
- Use time switches and daylight sensors.
These can help to reduce energy use.
- Install energy efficient lights. For example, LED light bulbs
and compact fluorescent products use 80% less energy than
conventional light bulbs.
- Even in standby mode, your equipment still uses energy.
Encourage staff to switch equipment off when it’s not in use.
- Use the energy saving features on items like monitors and printers.
- In warmer weather, ask staff to turn down the heating
rather than opening the windows.
- Close window blinds in the early evening as this can help
reduce night time heat loss.
- Don’t use extra electric heaters. These are one of the
most expensive heat sources to run.
- Encourage individuals to turn down the thermostat
radiators in their rooms.
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- Install self-adhesive thermal strips around doors and windows
to reduce draughts. In many buildings, draughts account
for up to 10% of heat loss.
- Fit automatic closures on external doors like fire doors.
- Retain up to 25% more heat in your building by improving the
Did you know?
- Reducing room temperatures by just 1°C can cut energy use in a
typical office by around 8% - this is the same amount of energy
needed to print over 40 million sheets of A4 paper.
- Save £35 per year per desk by switching off computers and printers
out of hours. Remember to enable standby mode during use.
Source: Carbon Trust
Are you a British Gas customer
If you’re a business customer of British Gas, we recommend you:
- Register for an online account and set up to pay by Direct Debit
- Request a smart meter if you don’t already have one! Remember
you can monitor your energy use via Business Energy Insight
- Get Hive to control your heating via your mobile or tablet
- Use Hive products to control when you switch on products around your business
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