Energy Efficiency for businesses
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Saving water at home
A household in the UK uses on average around 165 litres of water per day, costing about £380 a year.
- 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
- 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.
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