Energy Saving Tips for Everyone in the Office

November 27, 2017 | Alexandra Degala

Every employee must be motivated to become more efficient with their energy use. From CEOs to staff, all members of the company must pitch in to conserve energy. Remember, energy is a resource that is produced from finite sources. Every time we use energy we contribute to the faster depletion of those sources.  As the sources dwindle, the energy price and the electricity bills skyrocket.

The energy use in office buildings accounts for more than thirty percent of the country’s total consumption; which is also why it is important to use energy efficiently even if your boss is the one paying for it. Energy efficiency in the workplace should not be limited to energy managers alone. It is a system that works best if all members of the team contribute their efforts. From rank and file to CEOs, each one plays a role in maximizing usage and minimizing wastage.

 

Energy Saving Tips for Company Leaders

Executives have more reason to conserve energy than employees do because it is their money that pays the bills. Other than that there are several different reasons why CEOs must become proactive in energy conservation. One of which is because it will attract investors. Investors are very particular with the carbon footprint of the companies they put their money in.

  1. Make it official.

For a conservation campaign to become effective, it must be integrated into your company’s management rules. By making it compulsory, you teach your employees to make a habit out of energy conservation.

Make an official energy conservation policy and create an energy management team composed of your employees. The team shall ensure implementation of the rules without causing any friction in the office. They are in the perfect position to observe the effectiveness and practicality of the energy management program.

  1. Invest in retrofits.

Major retrofits are expensive but necessary. Lighting fixtures, heating and cooling systems and even office equipment, need to be upgraded to include energy-saving features.

You may need to shell out a lot of capital for these changes, but they will save you tons in the long run. Take LED bulbs and CFLs for example, they cost more than ordinary light bulbs but they consume less energy, and they last 2 - 3 times longer. Since lighting systems consume about a third of the energy in commercial buildings, a small decrease in it is a big step forward for your campaign.

In the case of ventilation systems, have them adjusted to deliver air efficiently. Heating and cooling systems are at par with lighting when it comes to energy consumption. This means they also present an excellent opportunity for cost-cutting. Install models with energy saving features and energy-efficient standards for both heating and cooling systems.

  1. Keep energy records.

Keep track of your energy-related data. List down your monthly energy consumption and record the changes it experiences as you take actions towards energy efficiency. Understand your current and previous energy use. Using all this data, you can identify critical areas that need improvement and broaden opportunities that can improve your energy performance. Data logging must be consistent every month.

  1. Choose your purchasing contract wisely.

There are two types of energy agreements. Fixed purchasing contracts and flexible purchasing contracts. Fixed contracts allow companies to purchase energy at a fixed price per volume throughout the contract. Flexible contracts give companies the leeway to purchase chunks of energy over a certain period.

Analyze your business operations and the history of your energy consumption. Use these data to determine which contract suits the company best. If you decide on a contract, try reaching out to WeCompete Energy. We know what’s best for you. Our experts can allow you to negotiate energy purchasing contracts to give you the best deals.

 

Energy Saving Tips for Employees

Most people think that major changes should be done to cause a decrease in energy usage. It is taken for granted that small things count the most, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Employees play a huge role in energy conservation for buildings. The effectiveness of the implementation of energy management rules depends on their cooperation. Their initiative in taking the management rules one step further can make a huge difference in energy consumption.

  1. Turn off lighting and unplug gadgets and equipment when not in use.

This is the most basic of all simple energy saving tips, and probably one of the most effective. Equipment that are seldom used should not be turned on everyday. Computers and lights should be turned off when leaving the office buildings at the end of the day. The lights in rooms that are not used should also be turned off.

Gadgets and equipment that are unused but are plugged in still consume energy. If a cell phone is fully charged, remove it from the socket. Adapters that are plugged in still use energy even if they are not charging.

With the coffee maker and the microwave on and plugged all throughout the day, it doesn’t take an expert to figure out why the office pantry is a good place to start using energy saving measures. Unplug the coffeemaker when the coffee is no longer fresh and just turn it back on when it is time to make a fresh batch. Ask other employees if their food needs heating when there is enough space in the microwave. Do not overstock the refrigerator and adjust the settings according to the amount of food inside.

  1. Use energy saving features.

All employees must familiarize themselves with the energy savings feature of office equipment and appliances. The purpose of those features is to cut your energy costs. If the unit does not have this feature, then it is high-time for an upgrade. Energy efficient devices are a bit more expensive compared to other models, but they consume less energy. This means you get more significant savings in the long run.

Screens use up most of the electricity needed by devices. Use less power and extend battery life by adjusting the brightness and contrast of your screens. Gadgets nowadays have auto-contrast and auto-brightness features that help manage energy usage. Tweak with the power options of the devices. Make sure that the computer screens or LED monitors automatically closes the display a few minutes after there is no activity. It is also advisable to use the hibernate features of laptops or desktops.

  1. Take advantage of what the environment offers.

Reduce energy expenses for lighting by taking advantage of the sun. Open window blinds or install a skylight to let the daylight in. Maximize the use of sunlight and only use artificial lights for dark nooks.

Control the temperatures inside the office building based on the season. Use different thermostat settings in the winter and the summer. During winter, set the thermostat to 68 degrees in the morning and less at night. During summer, make sure the thermostat does not go beyond 78 degrees. These are the recommended temperature settings by the National Resources Defense Council.


 


Bringing down your energy costs is not something you can accomplish in a day. It will need coordination and cooperation amongst the leaders and the employees of the company. Implementing all these tips may not be enough to reduce energy costs by 10% but with WeCompete Energy’s energy management program, your business energy costs are guaranteed to dive by 30%. You can learn more about this by sending us a message at contact@wecompetelenders.com or talk to one of our energy experts at (844) 516-0633.