Savings resources

Energy Efficiency for businesses

Lighting

  • Turn off lights when not in use. 
  • Replace standard light bulbs with compact LED lamps
  • Upgrading older T12 lamps with more efficient T8 lamps with solid state electronic ballasts
  • Install sensors in locations to turn off when no one is present and on when people return

Office equipment

  • Unplug battery chargers and any machines when not in use
  • Turn off your monitor or set it to automatically enter into sleep mode
  • Upgrade to laptops, they use less energy than desktops.
  • To maximize savings with a laptop always keep the AC adapter connected, or unplug it when not needed for charging. 
  • Ensure equipment is off at night, weekends and during holidays
  • Even if you switch something to ‘stand by’ or ‘hibernation’ modes it will still use a small amount of energy.

Heating and Air conditioning (HVAC)

When it's cold

  • Adjust the thermostat  to as low as is comfortable. The room won’t heat up quicker just because the thermostat is turned to its highest setting
  • Don’t use extra electric heaters, they are expensive and can also be a fire hazard
  • Keep curtains or blinds open at windows that face the sun. This will heat your office with solar radiation and reduces the pressure on your heating system. 
  • Ensure heaters and vents are not blocked by furniture or other items
  • Adjust your dress code according to the weather. 

When it's warm

  • Keep curtains or blinds closed to block direct sunlight from heating the building during warm days
  • Open the windows in the evening. 
  • Keep areas in front of vents clear 
  • Keep external doors closed when the building’s air-con is on

Essential maintenance

  • book your HVAC inspection at the beginning of heating and cooling season. 
  • If you have air conditioning, ensure it is adjusted both for heating and cooling. Winter set to between 18°C and 21°C and summer set to 22°C
  • Consider installing solar screens or solar films to your windows. 
  • Planting vegetation around the buildings can keep them cool. 
  • Avoid heating and cooling areas that are not frequently used.
  • If it’s broken, fix it! 

Empower your staff

  • Display posters, internal messaging and quick facts sharing energy saving tips
  • Appoint a green ambassador within your company

 

Energy efficiency at Home

In 2016, an average household spent around £1,344 on their energy bill 

  • Turn off lights and other  appliances when not in use. 
  • Replace light bulbs with LED lamps. They last up to 10 times longer and use 80% less energy
  • Use draft excluders at your doors 
  • During winter leave the curtains or blinds open to let solar heat in. During warm days keep them closed to block direct sunlight entering your house
  • Consider investing in roof and ceiling insulation. It can save you on average 20% on heating costs
  • Where possible install renewable technology at your property
  • When buying a new appliance check the energy label. 

For further information and advice visit the Energy Saving Trust or National Energy Foundation 

 

Saving water

Saving water at home

A household in the UK uses on average around 165 litres of water per day, costing about £380 a year. 

At home

  • Check for leaks
  • Install water-saving devices you can attach to your taps and toilet flusher 
  • Turn off the tap while cleaning your teeth, shaving or peeling vegetables
  • Make sure you have a full load in the washing machine or dishwasher, using the shortest cycle possible
  • Take shorter showers rather than fill a bathtub

Outside

  • Water your lawn earlier in the morning or later in the evening to avoid evaporation
  • Install timers on your sprinklers or drip irrigation systems.
  • Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car
  • Install a rainwater tank or water butt so it can be used to water your garden
  • Plant flowers that need less water
  • Re-use your cooking water, by watering your plants with it. 

For further information and advice visit water wise or Energy saving trust website.

Water deregulation for businesses

This has opened up competition between suppliers. Non-domestic users, can now negotiate a better price.

Regional water companies will continue to supply, treat and maintain the water and wastewater pipe networks.

For further information and advice, visit the Ofwat 

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