12 ways to reduce your office’s energy costs
Source: National Leasing Group Inc.
Today, BMAM & GBR Expo Asia would love to present you “12 ways to reduce your office’s energy costs”. We hope these tips will be beneficial for you and your business, especially for Facility Managers and the crews.
Here are some easy ways we’ve improved energy efficiency that could work in your office.
Monitoring your office’s waste will help quantify how much and which type of waste your company generates. In our case, we noticed that we threw out a lot of paper despite a few recycling bins around the office, which brings us to our next tip…
To make recycling easier, place recycling bins at each desk and decrease the number of garbage cans around your office.
While we’re on recycling, you can also recycle or refurbish your office furniture. In our case, a fresh coat of paint was much cheaper than replacing our filing cabinets.
Exchange your office’s paper hand dryers with high-efficiency air dryers or low-consumption paper towel dispensers that use recycled paper. Install low-flush toilets and touchless faucets to cut down on water consumption. High-efficiency toilets can use up to half the water of regular toilets.
You might already know this but the sun is pretty powerful. It sustains life on Earth, but on a smaller scale, it can help reduce your lighting and heating bills. Install large East- and West-facing windows in your office and let the sun help heat your office during winter. Drawing the blinds during summer will keep your office cool.
Use ceramic dishes and mugs in the office to reduce paper or Styrofoam waste from the morning coffee and lunchtime rushes. Clean mounting dirty dishes by assigning different staff members for daily dish duties or suggest a You Use It, You Wash It policy.
Motion sensors mean you’ll only use room lightning when you need it. And the other bonus: you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn the lights off again.
LED lights use up to 90 per cent less power than older incandescent bulbs, and their lifespan is significantly longer, meaning you’ll save in energy and replacement costs. You may also qualify for provincial energy efficiency rebates depending where your office is located.
Using Energy Star or Label no.5 quality appliances in your office kitchen can help reduce appliance energy consumption by up to 50 per cent. Consider your office’s daily microwave use; your savings could be substantial.
This tip requires a little more upfront investment, but the long-term savings are worthwhile. Some older buildings bleed heat in the winter and leak cool air in the summer, driving up energy costs. Reinsulating your building’s walls and ceiling will create an air-locked, energy efficient office.
In our case, before renovations our office building was an old warehouse. We heavily insulated the ceiling and walls, and now our building’s energy consumption is considerably less.
If your office has the space, strategically plant exterior trees and plants outside your office. They’ll work as insulation against biting winter winds and act as shade against the scorching summer sun.
Incent staff members who choose public transportation. Offer rebates to employees who ride the bus or carpool to work. Encourage biking or running to work by having bike racks, showers and change rooms available.
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