There’s no guarantee that the sun will shine this May bank holiday, but whatever the weather, hopefully most people will be taking some time out of the office and getting away from their desks.

Holidays are a great time to reduce your organisation’s energy consumption and hopefully cut your business energy prices too. Here are a few simple ways you can make the bank holiday make a difference:

Turn off TVs and computers

More often than not, your employees will leave their monitors on standby rather than powering down the system completely. Just making a small change can make a big difference – switching off a monitor overnight and at weekends could save your organisation up to £35 a year per monitor. And don’t forget TVs, they need to be switched off rather than left on standby too.

Unplugging chargers

With smartphones and tablets used for work all the time, it’s now common that your employees will leave spare chargers at work so they can keep their devices powered up. But chargers left plugged in use up energy. If mobile phone and music player chargers were unplugged when not in use in the UK, they could save enough electricity each year to power 115,000 homes.

Reducing heating/cooling systems

Keeping the office at the right temperature uses a lot of energy. If everyone is out of the building for the long weekend, think about turning off any heating and cooling systems as you will not be using them. Even when there are people around consider if you need heating – it should be turned off ideally when a temperature of 21°C is reached and you should avoid using the air conditioning until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C. Business energy suppliers can advise on the most energy efficient equipment.

Turn lights off

Make sure lights are switched off as much as possible when people are not using the rooms, think carefully about any security lighting set for when offices are empty to avoid unnecessary energy usage.

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