We’re always told the importance of saving energy whilst we’re at home, but quite often we forget about the energy used in an office environment. Millions of pounds are spent running electronic equipment such as computers and printers, which consume a lot of electricity when they are in use and when they are left on standby.

Before making your office eco-friendlier, it is important to know which appliances use the most energy. To look at this in more detail, Utility Bidder have listed some of these on an infographic.

Air conditioning uses the most energy in an office, so it is important to find an alternative method of keeping the building warm and cool. Examples of ways to save electricity on air conditioning include:

  • dress appropriately for the season – such as wear lighter clothes during the summer and more layers in the winter. This way heating and air conditioning will not have to be used excessively if people dress suitably to the weather. 
  • use an energy management system – This means that the heating can be turned on for when people arrive in the office and turned off not long after.
  • place weather strips on all doors and windows – Weatherstripping is used to seal doors and windows so it keeps the interior air in and saves on heating on air conditioning. 

Office equipment comes as the second highest energy user in an office. Everyone will use a computer, phone and share the access of a printer. Examples of ways to save energy when using office equipment include:

  • set equipment to energy-saving modes– When a monitor is not in use for more than 10 minutes, it should be switched off. The energy-saving mode does this atomically when turned on in settings. At the end of the working day, ensure all computers are switched off from the plug and not on sleep mode. 
  • think before you print – Only print documents when it is 100 percent necessary. 
  • upgrade your equipment – Older appliances can use up to 90 percent more energy than newer ones. It is best to regularly update your equipment and when doing so, make sure you check the energy rating symbols. 

Lightbulbs are another common source of energy usage, so it is important to try to cut the amount of electricity they use. Ways of doing so include: 

  • minimise artificial lighting – The best way to reduce energy consumed by artificial lighting is by making use of the outside light. Use natural light during the day and artificial lights by night, to reduce the amount of electricity used. 
  • replace bulbs – Replacing traditional bulbs with LEDS consumes less power and runs longer.

From switching to energy-efficient appliances and switching off equipment when not in use, it can reduce the amount of electricity used in an office. Lower energy in the office has a lot of benefits for the environment and it reduces costs for the business.