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Sowing the seeds of green savings

Sowing the seeds of green savings

Sowing the seeds of green savings

We've previously discussed the benefits of taking a green approach to managing your office and with more businesses realising the potential that eco-friendly technology has to offer, there's never been a better time to invest in this area of your operations.

From lighting to computers and kitchen facilities, there are plenty of options available when it comes to implementing ways of cutting down on your energy usage.

While an outlay of cash may be needed to turn ideas into reality, many of those who have already put their money where their mouths are can give glowing testaments about how their companies have benefitted on a long-term basis.

So, what are the most cost-effective ways of making savings on your electric and heating bills? Here are a few suggestions on where the first seeds of change can be sown for a greener future.

Window treatment

In theory, your office windows should allow sufficient light into the building and regulate the temperature inside.

However, for many older models, their functionality is simply not up to scratch. Ineffective insulation can mean that you end up spending more money keeping the workplace warm during the winter, while staff can even end up feeling uncomfortably hot if windows fail to reflect outside heat in the summer months.

If these scenarios sound familiar, then it could well be worth taking a closer look at how they can be improved. Shades or blinds can be added to the office to tackle both of these issues, while double or triple glazing can also prove to be a sound investment - especially in the winter months - when it comes to bringing down your energy consumption.

Lighting

The UK government - in line with the rest of the European Union - is continuing to support the tightening of requirements for light bulbs in offices and around the home, with new regulations set to be implemented right through until 2016.

As a result, if you haven't already switched to an eco-friendly form of lighting, it's only a matter of time.

However, as well as the type of lighting being used in your workplace, there are other factors that can be taken into consideration to improve energy efficiency in this area. For example, investing in motion sensors or timers can make a significant difference in ensuring the lights are only on when they are needed - meaning that no energy is wasted on illuminating areas when it's not necessary.

Energy efficiency ratings

From computers to dishwashers, there are all sorts of electronic devices that are graded on how efficient they are in the electricity they use - and it's certainly worth checking out whether or not you can do any better when it comes to what you're currently using.

The smart technology market is rapidly increasing - introducing tools that make it much easier to save power whenever possible. Computer screens are a prime example - how many times do you leave the office without turning yours off?

However, such practices are set to become a thing of the past, as more objects become aware of when they are and aren't being used. This can subsequently save both energy and money in vast quantities - changing bad office habits without having to chase up staff to adhere to eco-friendly policies.

Posted by William Rodriguez

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