A nationwide Energy saving week campaign curated by Motiva is held traditionally at the beginning of October. Energy saving week promotes the importance of saving energy and encourages towards energy efficiency. In EnerKey we want to contribute to the cause as well, so I will be sharing our TOP5 tips for office energy saving best practices. I have especially considered the practical point of view on how the office workers can influence on the energy consumption at the office.
Saving energy in lighting and office devices
Office spends energy mostly in lighting, in computers and computer paraphernalia and in other office devices. The users of the property can have a significant effect especially regarding to lighting and the amount of energy the office devices consume.
Energy can be saved by paying attention to the following points:
- Indoor lighting
The employee satisfaction is much better if the employees have a possibility to affect the office temperature. To avoid any unnecessary energy consumption, there should be some guidelines to be followed. During the colder seasons, the proper temperature for office is between 20-23 degrees Celsius. In the warmer season it should be between 22-25 degrees Celsius. It is good to consider that the old thermostats are not always too accurate to set. Therefore, electronic devices are something to consider investing in. The indoor temperature is often a matter of getting used to. One-degree Celsius difference is usually something that people can get used to in one week or so.
The office ventilation should rely on mechanical ventilation, instead of ventilating by opening the windows. The heat escapes easily through windows, therefore the heating consumes more energy. If the air feels stuffy it is good to bring such matters up with the maintenance. Stuffy air can be a sign of indoor air issues or that the incoming air is too warm.
- Monitoring the lighting
The lighting can be one of the biggest consumers of energy in the office. Automating the lights can create big savings in energy. If automation is not an option, it is possible to put reminders on light switches to turn them off when they are not needed. It could be a good practice to assign a person whose responsibility it is to turn the lights off at the end of each day.
- Office devices
Office devices consume energy also when they are in the sleep mode. It is worth to notice that the devices create heat load on the office space. Especially during the summer this can take a toll in the cooling system. The most energy efficient thing do to is to turn off all the devices when they are not in use.
- Water usage
The best way is to note the maintenance if there are any leaking water appliances. Even a small seaming leak can create a substantial cost on an annual level. It is also worth letting the maintenance know if some of the water appliances seem to be working in a too high volume. Changing into a different nozzle can help to moderate the amount of water used.
As the saying goes, small streams make big rivers, but all the seemingly small deeds can in fact have huge impacts on how much the office is consuming energy.
Energy efficient week from EnerKey!
The writer works as a Energy Chief at EnerKey.