We’re all pretty familiar with ‘tried and tested’ energy-saving tricks like putting just enough water in the kettle, but have you ever given them a good go? Do you know how much difference small energy switches actually make? If you’re working on encouraging your employees to be more energy conscious, being able to quote some tangible facts and figures could really help your cause.
Kicking Your Kettle Overfill
Did you know that boiling the kettle accounts for six per cent of the energy used within the average home? That’s a lot, right? And that’s just in a domestic setting. Put that kettle in your communal kitchen with numerous bevvy rounds throughout the day and the energy wasted by overfilling has a huge impact. Tom Baxter, Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University told the Guardian that simply filling the kettle for the number of drinks required each time could save a household £19 off a £600 energy bill.
In an office or a larger scale business with multiple sites, kicking the habit of overfilling kettles could save a huge amount of energy. And, reducing how much water you put in the kettle is an action that’s absolutely free. There’s no need to buy additional equipment like new bulbs to join in with this energy saver, you simply need to be more thoughtful and observant.
Upgrade and Maintain
According to the Carbon Trust, office equipment accounts for around 15% of electrical energy used in UK offices. Equipment that is out of date or in need of repair can be a real energy drain. It’s therefore important to monitor, upgrade and maintain equipment as part of your company energy policy. And if you need to put a number on this to kick start you into action, the Carbon Trust estimates that effective management of equipment can reduce energy consumption by up to 70%. Could that reduce your energy consumption levels and bring you under the small quantities threshold for the Climate Change Levy?
Know When to Switch Off and Standby
Savings that can be made with little or no cost to yourself really are no-brainers to adopt. And like filling the kettle, making the effort to switch things off can really make a difference. According to the Carbon Trust, a computer and monitor left on 24/7 will cost around £45 a year to power. Simply switching this office equipment off ‘out of hours’, and activating standby features, could reduce the cost to under £10. Plus, you’ll likely prolong the life of your equipment too.
Sometimes it’s hard to get colleagues and employees into the habit of powering down equipment. This is often the case if a piece of kit takes a bit of time to warm up for action. However, it’s worth educating everyone about the potential consequences of not switching off or disabling standby. Along with talking about increased energy costs, remind staff of the inconvenience that would occur if overworked equipment should need to be repaired or replaced.
These are just a couple of examples of smart but simple energy saves in the office environment. Of course, these should go hand-in-hand with ensuring you are on the best possible energy tariff. Call the Electric Board today for a no-obligation chat about minimising your future energy costs.