The clocks have gone back, Bonfire Night is history and TV adverts for the latest children’s toys and gadgets are out in force. Warning! Christmas will be here before you know it.

The festive season is in full swing, and this means if you haven’t already you need to plan your staff Christmas party. There are a number of things to consider, but have you also thought about the extra energy consumption during your works do? Did you know that you can throw a great Christmas party which doesn’t cost the earth?

Set the date

Be energy smart and hold the party during normal working hours, perhaps over an extended lunch or even on a Friday afternoon. Having the party during this time will save on any extra energy usage such as additional heating and electricity costs.

Catering

You also need to decide on the budget as soon as you can as this will affect the majority of your decisions, including your catering options.

A catering company can deliver buffet food prepared and ready to eat, tailored to your budget and tastes. Ordering prepared food means you won’t have to use the oven or microwave, minimising your energy costs.

If your budget is more limited, you could have a cold buffet with each member of staff bringing a different dish. Don’t forget to leave room for delicious desserts such as cheesecake and gateau.

Entertainment  

Instead, you could create your own Christmas playlist including some of your employee’s favourite tracks.To help create a party atmosphere you’ll need to provide some form of entertainment. Hiring a DJ may be an idea, but consider the amount of electricity needed to power the equipment. The energy usage of a quality sound system and intelligent lighting effects could lead to hefty power consumption.

Simply better to turn off

Holding the party in your own workplace means you

need to do one essential thing: switch off the photocopier. To avoid any potential inappropriate behaviour, it is simply better to turn it off. Switching off at the mains is also a great way to save wasted energy.

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