Is your business taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period? Not all do, but if you’re taking advantage of this quiet time of year by shutting down, it’s a good idea to think about saving energy while the business is closed.
Here’s our handy checklist for things to consider when your office or business is closed over the break. They include tips on saving energy, but also others on keeping your business secure during the break. Plus we’ve added some energy-saving measures to consider when you return to work in January.
Energy saving tips
- Take a look at your energy bill from last year and see what energy was used while you were closed - do you know what incurred those costs? Aim to lower it this year.
- Turn off computers and printers at the switch
- Empty out the office fridge and turn it off (a good time to defrost the freezer)
- Give your security system a check to ensure it’s working for you over the break
- Consider moving to a cloud based server - a local server uses a lot of energy and can pose a security risk
- Take advantage of the office closure period to have energy saving appliances installed, such as solar panels, movement sensitive lights or fixing leaks around doors and windows
- Remind any staff working over the break period to shut off all computer hardware, appliances and lights on departure.
- Suspend deliveries of services like office fruit and newspapers
- Arrange someone to stop by the office and collect mail from time to time so it doesn’t build up
- Check smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly
- Ensure all doors and windows are secure
- Install motion sensor security lights (but ensure they don’t remain on too long)
- Make sure your office bins don’t get left out on the kerb for days
When the office returns to work in January
- Encourage staff not to adjust the thermostat too low during summer - the lower the temperature the more it costs you to run your air conditioning
- Adopt a ‘dress for the weather’ summer policy, so staff aren’t sweltering in heavy suits
- Set computers to go into sleep or hibernation mode when not in use
- Encourage staff to share documents digitally rather than printing
- Create a long-term plan for upgrading older appliances with more energy efficient models
- Consider outsourcing services like printing and coffee supply to reduce energy costs
- Review your energy usage for 2018 and identify ways to reduce it in 2019
We hope these tips help you reduce your energy costs while your business is closed this summer. If you’re looking for help on further reducing your energy usage for your business, give our friendly team a call on 1300 599 888 to chat about how we can help.