Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in office buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings. Reducing energy consumption not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity. Experience shows that even low and nocost actions can usually reduce energy costs by at least 10% and produce quick returns. The Carbon Trust has proven that a 20% cut in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales in many businesses Furthermore, the environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which enhances corporate reputation.
Lighting is a significant energy cost in an office and good savings can be achieved through careful consideration of equipment, maintenance and staff habits. There are many simple and inexpensive ways to reduce the energy consumption and costs associated with lighting without compromising health, safety or comfort levels.
Heating accounts for 20-40% of energy costs in a typical office environment, which means that there are big opportunities to make savings. It is possible to minimise the cost of heating, regardless of which system is in place. Some businesses have shaved up to a third off their heating costs through the implementation of some simple energy saving measures.
Ventilation using fans and ducting and the use of cooling, including air conditioning is becoming commonplace due to an increase in heat-gains from lighting, staff and office equipment. The more heat that is generated, the harder the ventilation and cooling systems have to work to maintain the desired temperature.
Office equipment is the fastest growing energy user in the business world; the electricity it consumes represents 15% of total energy consumption in offices. This figure is expected to double by 2020. As most equipment is often left on when not being used, there are opportunities to make significant savings.
Savings are easily achievable in all offices and need not require any initial outlay. Many opportunities are within the control of staff which is an ideal way of involving people and raising awareness of the importance of reducing energy consumption.
Utilitrack can provides a range of tools, services and information to help you implement energy and carbon saving measures, no matter what your level of experience.
"20% cut in energy
costs is the same as
a 5% increase in sales."
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Source: The Carbon Trust 2017
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