Energy saving for offices

Getting energy efficient in the office is one of the easiest ways to boost your business

An energy-efficient office can save 65% on its energy bills

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IT equipment

  • IT equipment burns energy, even in standby mode
  • Encourage staff to switch equipment off when not in use
  • Use the energy-saving features on things like monitors and printers
  • Shut down equipment at weekends and on bank holidays

Turning computers and monitors off at night can save £35 a year per desk

Office lighting

  • Encourage staff to switch lights off when they’re not needed
  • Use movement detectors, time switches and daylight sensors
  • Install energy-efficient lights – LED lights and compact fluorescent products use 80% less electricity than conventional light bulbs

Installing the right office lights can reduce energy costs by up to 15%

A brightly lit office full of chairs, desks and cupboards
A hand turning down a heating thermostat’

Office heating

  • In warm weather, turn down the heating rather than opening the windows
  • Close window blinds in the early evening to help reduce night-time heat loss
  • Don’t use extra electric heaters – these are one of the most expensive heat sources
  • Encourage individuals to turn down the thermostat radiators in their rooms

Reducing the temperature by 1°C can save enough energy to print over 40 million sheets of A4 paper

Upgrade your building

  • Install self-adhesive thermal strips around doors and windows to reduce draughts
  • Fit automatic closers on external doors e.g. fire doors
  • Retain up to 25% more heat in your building by improving roof insulation

In many buildings, draughts account for up to 10% of heat loss

A roll of loft insulation in ceiling space underneath a roof light

More advice from the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust helps organisations contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Download their free guide to help improve energy efficiency in your office.

Saving tips for British Gas business customers

Pay by Direct Debit

Register for an online account and pay by Direct Debit.

Return to your online account and set up a direct debit.

Get a smart meter

A business smart meter can help you understand your energy usage.

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