Saving energy is one of the simplest methods to reduce business expenses. Making even little modifications to your company’s energy usage can result in significant savings. Take regular meter readings to determine how much energy your business is using and where the most energy cost savings can be realized.
Here are our top ideas for no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency techniques that are simple to implement to help you start saving money in your business.
The most effective energy-saving programs involve everyone in a company. Employees frequently recommend and apply the methods outlined below, resulting in savings of 5 to 10%.
Reduce your heating temps by one degree in the winter to save up to 8% on your heating expense. In the summer, turn up the temperature on your air conditioner. Position thermostats away from draughts and direct sunlight to ensure accuracy.
When the heating or air conditioning is on, keep the doors and windows closed. Installing draught excluders and ensuring your property is effectively insulated should be quite cost effective, with quick payback times.
You may save money on lighting by keeping your windows and skylights clean. If you are only working in one region of a room, limit the lighting to that area. Make sure switches are labeled so that employees only turn on the lights they require. Installing presence and daylight sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically is another option.
A single computer and monitor that is turned on 24 hours a day might cost more than 50 euros per year. By turning it off after hours and enabling standby features, this can be reduced to 15 euros each year. Install seven-day timers to ensure that equipment such as printers, copiers, and water chillers are turned off at night and on weekends.
Compressed air is frequently produced at maximum pressure. A 10% reduction in pressure can result in a 5% reduction in energy use. Make small, progressive cuts while ensuring that operations are unaffected.
Because motors are concealed beneath machinery, they are frequently overlooked and left running while not in use. Reduce your energy use by identifying and turning off motors during breaks or work changes. Motors driving pumps and fans can often be adjusted with ‘variable speed drives’ to save even more money.
Every hour that a freezer door remains open will cost you 4 EUR on average. Consider installing low-cost PVC curtains or night coverings in refrigerated cabinets.
One thing that all of the above methods have in common is the necessity to keep your equipment in good working order. Cleaning light fixtures and windows, keeping ventilation and compressed air filters clean, inspecting door seals, and repairing holes and leaks are all examples.
Check your meters on a regular basis. This will allow you to determine how your firm uses energy and where it is being squandered.