Office equipment – computers, printers, and kitchen utilities – can be big energy users. The great news is that there are some really simple steps to cut down on these energy costs just by raising awareness and changing bad habits. 46% of electricity in businesses is used outside of standard operating hours, so whether it’s leaving on monitors or vending machines keeping things unnecessarily cool at night, this section arms you with the right knowledge to minimise unwanted energy use.
If a piece of office equipment isn’t being used, it doesn’t need to be turned on – you’re only paying for energy which isn’t being utilised. Even leaving things on standby can still be a big waste – each little red costs around €1 a year for every watt of power used. It all adds up and can make a noticeable difference to your energy bill
Kitchens are one of the easiest places in the office to make energy savings, but when people are busy it’s all too easy forget about communal areas, with staff only focusing on the task at hand and the energy use from their own desks.
Not all office equipment comes fitted with a timer device, but they can be purchased Not all office equipment comes fitted with a timer device, but they can be purchased from DIY stores for only a few pounds and help to remove ‘human forgetfulness’ from the equation. There are also software packages that allow you to shut down PCs with a single click.
Install a plug-in seven-day timer on your vending machines and any drinks fridges – if the contents aren’t perishable, they don’t need to be chilled at nights and weekends
You know that motors are integral to your process, and the longer they run and the hotter they get, the more it costs you. A few simple zero-cost steps can help reduce both costs and the risk of breakdowns: