A green office is a good thing. It gives you a unique CSR message for potential customers and employees. It’s also often a more efficient workplace, and results in less energy use – controlling cost. Controlling energy use is one of the easiest ways to achieve a green office. And that doesn’t have to mean turning off the heating and letting staff freeze. Here are six ways to reduce energy waste and build towards a green office.
6 Ways to Save Energy for a Green Office
Remove Devices from Meetings
The occasional meeting requires a PowerPoint presentation or references to large data sets. In that case having a laptop in the room is an advantage. Most of the time, they’re not necessary. Aside from burning through energy, devices can be distracting. Keeping devices out of meeting rooms – including checking pesky smartphones – can be more efficient in both time and energy.
Remote Activated Power Strips
Unplugging electronics rather than leaving them on standby mode is a well-known way to reduce your energy consumption. But will your staff really crawl under their desks to unplug their computers, or heave the photocopier aside to get at the awkward plug socket? One solution is power strips that can be turned on and off by remote. Some of these can even be activated by an app on your phone. The up-front cost will be returned in energy savings over time. Even introducing just a few for your more energy heavy machines can achieve a green office.
Motion Sensor Lighting
Motion sensor lighting detects when a room is occupied by movement. When the sensors do not detect any movement for a certain amount of time, the light is switched off. To activate the light again, occupants just need to move! This type of lighting is becoming more popular. It is especially handy in meeting rooms, photocopier rooms and bathrooms that are often empty for long periods. The average company can make energy savings of approximately 35-45% by utilising this lighting method.
Properly Controlling Office Temperatures
The office temperature often causes contention, but you should aim to achieve comfort and safety. The Health and Safety Authority states that the minimum temperature that an office should be is 17.5 degrees centigrade for sedentary workers. There is no maximum temperature.
Check in with your employees. It may be more energy efficient to raise the temperature a degree or two than to have multiple members of staff plugging in individual heaters and warming pads at their desks.
Insulating water pipes makes a huge difference to head loss. This means that you don’t have to use as much energy heating water for heating, hygiene and beverage uses.
Do you have empty space in your office? Or could you use space more efficiently to downsize? One easy way to control energy use, and achieve a green office, is to have a smaller space to heat and power. With options including off-site storage, hot-desking and meeting rooms for hire, don’t just assume that you need a palatial office.
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