Friday, December 14, 2012

Winter Energy Saving In The Office

During the coldest season of the year business energy costs are rising though less comfort is enjoyed because some simply can’t afford it. How does winter impact your energy bills? 

Heating the office in winter

When heating systems are performing at or close to their rated maximum capacity, their efficiency decreases while the amount of energy utilised is growing. In other words, more electricity is used to provide less comfort. This is exactly why your energy bills are getting higher in winter. 

What happens?

Considerable temperature swings outside the building make you use heating equipment for longer periods, which requires more electricity. In fact, just a few days of extreme temperatures can cause your bill to get much higher.
During periods of extreme weather portable heating devices are among the major sources of energy demand. However, devices working much harder to heat your office may still not be able to provide the temperature level you have set. 

What you should do

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Set the thermostat to lower temperatures at night and weekends when there’s nobody in the office. 
  • Ensure the thermostat is installed and operating properly as it only saves energy when programmed. 
  • Make sure the thermostat is located in the right place as it should be able to sense the average temperature in the office. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or near a heat source. 
  • Remember that lowering your thermostat by just one degree results in 3% energy savings. Encourage employees to wear long sleeved jackets inside the office if necessary. 
  • Get a humidifier. The air in the office can be too dry for employees to feel comfortable. Moister air feels warmer, and it can contribute to overall employee comfort if you set the thermostat lower. 
  • Keep the doors and windows closed yet make sure that the air in the office is not too stuffy by airing the rooms in the morning before the working day starts. 
  • Close window curtains and blinds at night to keep the heat in and open south-facing window curtains and blinds during the day. 
  • Check window frames and fill them with silicone caulk if there are cracks in them. Replace any broken window panes. 
  • Remember to turn off the lights when leaving the office, especially before the weekend. Try not to use lights for more than six hours a day to keep your energy use down. 
  • Turn to professionals for a developed energy saving campaign tailored specifically for your business needs. Energy efficiency tips and solutions can help you achieve 35% savings on energy bills within a year. 

Although winter is taking its toll on energy bills, there are ways to reduce energy consumption and spending without compromising on comfort in the office.

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