Energy Saving - Top 5 Tips

23rd Mar 2011 - Top 5

1) Ensure that lights are switched off when rooms or areas are not in use and encourage your colleagues to make the best use of natural light by switching lights off when daylight is good.

We can all play a part in monitoring the lighting of vacant areas like:

- corridors;
- stairs and landings;
- kitchens;
- toilets;
- stores.

It may seem obvious but it might surprise you how often lights are left on unnecessarily.

2) Don't use electric fans or heaters. Make the best use of natural ventilation and report any heating faults.

Many small power items like fans, heaters, kettles, toasters and desk lamps are issued as an emergency measure. However, many continue to be used long after normal heating, lighting or staff restaurant/kitchen facilities have been resumed.

3) Make sure radiators are turned down before you open a window to cool your work area.

Of course, remember to close any windows before turning the heating up again. An open window can lose enough energy in a day to produce 130 wine bottles.

4) Encourage staff to switch off any appliance or piece of equipment that's not being used.

A photocopier left on overnight wastes enough energy to make 1500 A4 copies. Stop and take a look around your work area and see how many PCs are left on when not in use.

5) Remember to turn taps off completely in washrooms or kitchen areas - and if there are any leaks report them immediately.

A tap left running can waste up to 14 litres of water a minute. However, heating the water that just ends up down the plughole is not the only energy that is wasted here. There is energy used in pumping the water and treating the "waste" water as sewerage.

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