Unleashing the Power of Cost Savings!
Transforming your office into an energy-efficient powerhouse doesn’t require a major overhaul. Believe it or not, it’s about instigating small changes in employee behavior that yield significant results. The secret lies in making your team conscious of your commitment to slashing energy costs, creating a ripple effect of awareness and conscientiousness.
To kickstart your journey towards substantial savings, we’ve put together some business energy-saving tips. The key principle is to steer clear of unnecessary energy consumption in the workplace. Let us help you unveil the potential for savings with our expert tips, empowering you and your team to pinpoint and eliminate instances of energy waste.
Useful tips for SMEs:
- Conduct an energy assessment/audit: You really should invest in an energy audit for your business to pinpoint your baseline energy consumption and receive a comprehensive roadmap for workplace energy savings. Many electricity providers like AGL or Blue NRG – who specialises specifically in the energy space for SMEs – provide complimentary audits, sending professionals to inspect your premises for air leaks, insulation concerns, and opportunities for energy-efficient initiatives.
- Invest in energy-saving equipment: Exercise caution when purchasing or leasing office electronics by prioritising ENERGYSTAR-rated options. These appliances undergo thorough evaluations to ensure energy efficiency, translating to cost savings for your small business in the long term. Verify the ENERGYSTAR rating before making a purchase to proactively manage and trim your office’s energy expenditures.
- Reduce your peak demand: To cut down on electricity costs, focus on lowering your peak demand – the period when your energy consumption is highest, usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This can be achieved by staggering work hours, scheduling heavy equipment use in the evening or early morning, and adopting energy-saving practices throughout the day.
- Optimise your thermostat settings: Simplify your energy strategy for a 9-5 workplace by programming your thermostats. There’s no need to heat or cool the office when everyone has left for the night. Whether your team’s hours are consistent or varied, use programmable or smart thermostats to regulate temperatures during “off” hours.
- Switch off unused lights: Don’t overlook the basics – turn off lights in vacant areas like break rooms, bathrooms, or conference rooms. In many offices, lights stay on unnecessarily. Sensor lights can be a handy solution, ensuring illumination when needed and conserving energy when spaces are unoccupied.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient LED lighting: Embrace simplicity in energy conservation by swapping out traditional incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient alternatives like LED. This straightforward change significantly reduces electricity consumption, making it one of the easiest and most effective workplace energy-saving practices. Contact the our Commercial LED Team for a quote on your LED lighting upgrade.
- Power down computers and other office equipment at the end of the day: If computers are not being used through the hours when your staff aren’t working, have your team be in the habit of shutting them down before they leave. Turning off and unplugging as many devices as possible at the end of the day is a simple way to cut back. This includes appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, etc.
- Switch to solar PV system to help you slash energy bills: By installing a UNIfied commercial solar & storage system on your premises, you can reduce your electricity bills, limit your exposure to energy price volatility, and increase your energy independence. Plus, you get to meet your environmental and sustainability goals, helping to create a better future for generations to come.
At UNIfied, we are here to ensure your renewable energy transition is as efficient and seamless as possible. We are here to help you pay less for your electricity bills. If you’re interested, UNIfied Energy can offer you an assessment by one of energy retailer partners and provide your business with an energy savings proposal with no charge or obligation to sign up.
Contact UNIfied today or call 1300 817 847 to achieve greater savings in these precarious times, and start your journey of clean energy living!