How to close down over Christmas and save money
A good way to save money and cut your energy bills is to take steps to make your office more energy efficient. Here are some energy saving tips to help you save energy.
Shut down non-essential equipment.
A single monitor and computer left on 24 hours a day will cost around £45 a year. Multiply that by the number of computers your business has to understand how much it could be costing you. Make sure that all employees switch their computers off before leaving for the holidays and you could start saving. A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to make over 5,000 A4 copies. By switching laser printers off in the evenings and at weekends, energy consumption can be reduced by 75%. If the monitor is also turned off when not being used (including lunchtimes, etc), and the standby options are activated, energy consumption can be reduced by 90% per year.
Don't forget less obvious energy wasters.
Fridges, kettles and microwaves can all be unplugged over Christmas if nobody is using them and fax machines can be diverted so that only one machine needs to be left on over the holidays. Do a walk-round of your office and see what other non-essential electrical items you might have overlooked.
Switch off the lights.
Christmas tree lights and normal lighting both contribute hugely to office energy consumption. For example: lighting an average small office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee. Turn off all non-essential lighting when there is low occupancy in the office and your company could make significant savings.
Turn down the central heating.
Heating accounts for 20-40% of energy costs in a typical office environment, which means there are big savings to be made. When all your employees have gone home for Christmas, turn your heating down until it's just high enough to prevent frost. That's all you need over the holidays if no-one is in the office.
Also remember to check the doors and windows are locked, close the blinds and set the alarms.