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Friday, February 7, 2014

Why aren’t you saving your office money using these simple tricks?

By Ron Jeffery

With gas and electricity prices continuing to rise, many individuals are choosing to find ways in which to reduce their energy usage at home. But how many of us can say that we are doing the same at work? There are plenty of ways in which to reduce bills from electric and gas suppliers in the workplace, by making some very simple changes.

Using the right equipment

Turn off large office equipment overnight to save money
Lower office expenses with efficient equipment use
Managing your office energy use can also be a case of being smarter with equipment. From computers to printers, phones to chargers, every office will have some degree of electricity usage on site.

Managing equipment effectively can significantly reduce your office's outgoings, with three key areas on which to focus to make the biggest savings.

Upgrade/maintain what you have

The first is to upgrade your existing equipment. With new advances in technology appearing almost daily, electrical office equipment will date very quickly. Many new items will be designed for maximum energy efficiency, which could lead to significant savings on your utility bills.

Secondly, be sure to keep your office equipment well maintained. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance checks on office electrical equipment to keep it in full working order. Ensure that none of your office equipment is obstructed: if obstructed, it could take more energy for the item to perform to the best of its abilities, and it may overheat and break down.

Make an energy policy

The final way to ensure that your office equipment can be managed in the most efficient way possible is to draw up an office equipment policy for your employees. Make it clear to your staff how important it is to keep energy prices low - you could even think about offering a team reward for visible improvements?

By creating an awareness campaign, you will find it easier to change employee behaviour and keep energy bills down. Think about putting stickers on electrical items, and posters nearby, reminding employees to switch off machines when they are not being used. Energy is wasted in several key areas, including lighting, heating, air conditioning, office equipment, hot water, refrigeration and more.

Pick the right energy supplier

Firstly, if you think that you are being charged too much, it is time to get online or on the phone to compare energy tariffs. Using a comparison site to compare the tariffs offered by gas and electricity suppliers may enable you to make big savings on your existing tariffs.

Bonus tip!

Consider installing smart lighting systems in staff toilets, which switch off automatically when unoccupied. In the summer, think about opening windows rather than relying on air conditioning to cool the building. At the end of the day, make sure that all employees are in the habit of switching off any office equipment that does not need to be in use overnight.

These may seem like small changes, but when employed regularly over a period of time, you will soon start to see the difference in your energy bills. Why put up with excessively high bills in the office, when you wouldn't do so at home?

About the author: Ron Jeffery is a business consultant. He provides a range of business advice to small to medium businesses and blogs about his latest work in his spare time. 

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